Veterans Day 2012: Parades in central Phoenix, Mesa

Thousands are expected to attend Phoenix and Mesa's Veterans Day parades Monday, November 12.

The annual VA Veterans Day Parade in central Phoenix will begin at 11 a.m. 

The parade will head north on 7th Street from Montecito Avenue to Camelback Road; turn west on Camelback Road to Central Avenue; turn north on Central Avenue and end at Montebello Drive.

The parade will end at approximately 1 p.m. 

The following street closures and restrictions will be in effect from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.:

Central Avenue: Closed from Bethany Home Road to Mariposa Street; limited to local access at Indian School Road for northbound traffic up to Mariposa Street.

Camelback Road: Closed from Central Avenue to 8th Place; limited to local access at 12th Street for westbound traffic up to 8th Street.

Missouri Street: Closed from 3rd Avenue to 4th Street; limited to local access at 7th Avenue for eastbound traffic up to 1st Avenue; limited to local access at 7th Street for westbound traffic to 1st Street.

7th Street: Closed from Indian School Road to Pasadena Avenue; limited to local access at Bethany Home Road for Southbound traffic up to 300 ft. North of Camelback Rd.

Highland Avenue: Limited to local access at 12th Street for westbound traffic to 8th Street.

The annual East Valley Veterans Parade will honor our nation's veterans Monday at 11 a.m.

More than 30,000 spectators are expected to attend and participate in the parade and festivities while approximately 1,800 will actually participate in the parade.

A fly-over by the Commemorative Air Force's B-17 and several other historic aircraft will mark the start of the parade at 11 a.m. sharp. The parade will begin on Center Street at 3rd Place in Mesa and continue south on Center Street to 1st Avenue.  

The following streets are scheduled to be closed for the parade:

8:30 a.m.

Center Street: 1st Avenue to Broadway

Center Street: Northbound Main Street to 1st Street.  Southbound right lane closed for bleacher set up

2nd Avenue: Center Street to Sirrine

9:30 a.m.

Center Street: University to Main

1st Street: Macdonald to Centennial Way

2nd Street: Macdonald to Center

3rd Place: Macdonald to Centennial Way

10 a.m.

Center Street: 1st Avenue to Main Street

1st Avenue: Macdonald to Sirrine

Main Street: Country Club to Mesa Drive (local access from Country Club to Macdonald and from Mesa Drive to Sirrine)

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