Parade fetes military, state’s bicentennial

More than 1,000 people will take to the streets Saturday afternoon for the Louisiana Bicentennial Military Parade.

The parade begins at 3 p.m. at Elysian Fields Avenue and North Peters Street. It will end at the National World War II Museum after following a route that takes it down Decatur and Tchoupitoulas streets.

The city of New Orleans will close Elysian Fields from St. Claude Avenue to the Mississippi River from noon until 4 p.m. for parade formation. Police officers will be posted at intersections, and no-parking signs will be posted along Decatur Street.

Parking enforcement officers will be out to look for illegally parked vehicles, according to the city.

The parade will honor Louisiana men and women in all branches of the military.

A highlight of the participating groups will be the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps from Washington, D.C. The corps, which performs in Revolutionary War uniforms, is known across the world and has performed at every presidential inauguration since President John F. Kennedy’s in 1961.

The parade is one of several events Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne’s office and the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission have planned to celebrate 200 years of statehood.