Veterans Day Parade

On Friday, November 11, Mayor Stein and the City Council will honor the courageous men and women of the armed forces at the Mary Esther Annual Veterans Day Parade. The theme of this year's event is "Honoring All Who Served". We have several new additions this year, including food trucks and kids activities. Event festivities start at 11:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. 


The parade kicks off at 1:00 p.m. on Page Bacon Road and will proceed east, turning right on Mary Esther Boulevard, right on Hollywood Boulevard, ending at the southwest entrance to the Santa Rosa Mall. To participate, please complete and return the Parade Application to Registered participants will be listed below one week prior to the event. 

Honor Guard 
Parade Grand Marshal
Mary Esther City Officials
VFW 7674
Kiwanis Kids
Liza Jackson “Marching Lions”
Air Force Security Forces
Melvin Odum/1929 Mercedes
EOD Hurlburt
American Legend Riders 
Little Adventures
FWBHS Viking Marching Band
Girl Scout Troops
Fernweh Coffee Roastery
David Tagert/1926 Model T Coupe
Drill Sergeants
Army Recruiter
Navy Recruiter
Marine Recruiter
Air Force Recruiter
US Coast Guard STA Destin
Kappa Epsilon Pi Military Sorority
Brite Starz Dance Studio
Sunset Vettes of NWF
501st Legion/Parjai Squad
Bounce Party Playzone
Cumulus Radio Station Van
Northwest FL Military Officers Assoc.
AFSOC 1 SOW Charlie 
AFSOC 1 SOW Fire Truck
Mary Esther Community Garden
POW/MIA Remembrance
Jon Paul McDonald
Ocean City/Wright Fire Department
Okaloosa County SO Mounted Posse
Santa Rosa Beach SO Mounted Posse
Emerald Coast Regional Mustang Club
Playground Corvette Club
Cub Scout Pack 528

Grand Marshal

Colonel Allison Black has been named Grand Marshal of the parade. Colonel Black is the commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida. She is responsible for preparing Air Force special operations forces for worldwide missions in support of joint and coalition special operations. 

Food Trucks

Food trucks and a dining tent will be located in the parking lot in front of the former JCPenney building. The following vendors have registered:

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please review and return the Food Truck Vendor Application to

Kids Activities and Booths

Kids activities and booths will also be located in the parking lot in front of the former JCPenney building. All activities are provided free of charge and include:

  • Face painting
  • Bounce house and slide
  • Climbing wall
  • City of Mary Esther Library
  • U.S. Army Recruiting 
  • Ocean City/Wright Fire Department 
  • Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office K-9 Unit