There were over 280 groups represented in the Palm Springs Pride Parade and the Palm Springs Post 519 Color Guard led the way!


Palm Springs Post 519 Color Guard leads Palm Springs Pride Parade

Palm Springs, CA

The Palm Springs Pride Parade and Festival is one of the largest LGBTQ events in the nation, and for the first time not only did our post participate in the event, but our color guard led the parade! The parade was held on Sunday, November 3, on the last day of the three-day festival. Our Post 519 and DAV 66 manned a tent for the three-day street festival. passing out brochures and signing up new members. The parade crowd numbered close to 100,000 with people from all over the world and they were very enthusiastic! During the parade as we passed by, throngs of people jumped to their feet to show their respect and admiration for our color guard and other veteran organizations! About 25 local veterans, straight and gay participated in the parade representing several local Veteran organizations including our post 519, AMVETS 66, DAV 66, VFW 1534, and Auxiliary 519. It was a great day showing off to tens of thousands of people our post and being involved with our community. We look forward to next year!

We made new banners for the parade and decorated our trailer for those vets who could not march.

It was a beautiful day! We were very honored to lead the event.

Last year, our local AMVETS 66 chapter dedicated the state's first LGBTQ Veterans Memorial in Cathedral City, Desert Memorial Park Cemetary.

Our local DAV66 chapter does a ton for our veterans!

Our local VFW Post 1534 in Desert Hot Springs joined in! We were glad they came!

Post 519 Auxiliary also joined in the parade!

Post Adjutant Noel Arvizu, his parter Marcus and their children Jordan and Jayden.

Getting ready to lead the parade! Looking good!

Many thanks to the Palm Springs Pride Festival people for allowing us to lead this event. It was quite an honor and we look forward to making the veterans contingent even bigger!
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