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Welcome back patrons of the Essex Memorial Day Parade!

We are happy to see you and welcome you to begin registrations by clicking on the links below. 

The Essex Memorial Day Parade will take place on May 27th, 2023 unless Vermont state guidelines tell us differently we are glad to be back in action!




9:30 am Service at Veterans Memorial Park, Five Corners, Essex

10:00 am Parade Begins

VFW Pearl St Essex Chicken Barbeque 12:00

Bring a non-parishable food item for a Donation to Aunt Dots, items will be collected along the parade route 

Parade Participation


Thanks for your interest in participating in the Essex Memorial Day Parade starting at 10:00a.m. on Saturday, May 27, 2023.

Our parade theme is

"All Gave Some, Some Gave All"

Please complete the participation link questions to participate in the parade. Upon submission, we will review your information and be in touch about your participation.  Parade position assignments do not take place until approx. May 18.  

The intent of the Essex Memorial Day Parade is to honor and respect our veterans. All groups should reflect this in their participation. The Essex Memorial Day Parade Committee reserves the right to approve or reject participation applications at its discretion. Candy or other trinkets may be handed out curbside by individuals walking with your unit. Leaflets/advertisements are strictly prohibited.   

You may contact us if you have any questions:


Grand Marshals


The Essex Memorial Day Parade will celebrate its 36th  year on Saturday, May 27, 2023. Our parade's theme is “All Gave Some, Some Gave All.” The committee is seeking nominations for Grand Marshals for the 2023 parade. Nominations will be accepted until May 1, 2023.  The committee will select up to three Grand Marshals that will be honored in the parade. The Grand Marshals will lead the parade, be celebrated at a pre-parade program at the 5 Corners, and be recognized in local media.
Nominees must have served in the country’s armed forces and must live in Essex or have a strong connection to the Essex community.

A nomination consists of three parts.

  1. The first part will discuss how and when the nominee served in the country’s armed forces.

  2. The second will describe what and how long the nominee’s connection to Essex is.

  3. The third and last part should explain why the nominee deserves to be recognized. The focus on this recognition should include their time of service, but can also describe who they are as a person, their involvement as a citizen, and their contributions. 

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