Veterans Day Parade

Honoring All Who Served will be the theme of the 2019 Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 9, 2019 sponsored by the City of San Marcos with assistance from the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee and local veterans’ organizations.

A free biscuit and gravy breakfast sponsored by Cafe On The Square and Ben E. Keith Foods will be served on the County Courthouse lawn beginning at 8:30 a.m. A Capella Unlimited will provide entertainment leading up to the parade. Veteran groups, military organizations, civic clubs, bands, drill teams, public officials, equestrians, youth teams, classic vehicles and others will participate in the Veterans Day Parade.

Parade Entry

2019 Parade Rules and Guidelines (PDF)

Parade Entry Form (online registration only) - Deadline October 25, 2019 November 1, 2019

Grand Marshal Nominations 

Nomination forms for grand marshal should be submitted to Lisa Morris at lmorris@sanmarcostx.gov or they can be dropped off or mailed to the Parks and Recreation office at the Grant Harris Building, located at 401 E. Hopkins Street, San Marcos, 78666. Nominations must include the full name and relevant details of the individual’s military service, along with detailed contact information, including a telephone number. The nomination deadline is Oct. 8.

Criteria for nomination include:

• Must be a San Marcos area resident

• Must have served in the U.S. military during a time of military conflict

• Must have been honorably discharged from the service

• Must be willing to share his or her military service memories

Grand Marshal Nomination Form (PDF) - deadline October 8, 2019

2019 Grand Marshal - US Navy Veteran Richard Zeni


U.S. Navy Veteran Richard Zeni has been appointed as this year’s Grand Marshal of the Veterans Day Parade, which will take place on Nov. 9 in downtown San Marcos. Zeni served from March 1943 to July 1984, including tours in World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Korean War. During his service, he was awarded the Aircrew Insignia, American Theater Medal and the Victory Medal. After his time on active duty, he transitioned into the Navy-Reserve Unit where he served for 28 years as an Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technician Chief. Zeni continued to dedicate his time to public service in retirement, working as a substitute teacher, a member of the bus committee, and a member of the “original seven” of Butler Manufacturing.

Free Shuttle


This year the City of San Marcos will be offering a parade shuttle to downtown for veterans, those with disabilities, and their families. The shuttle will depart from the VFW Hall, 1701 Hunter Road, and run to Guadalupe Street across from the Old Hays County Courthouse beginning at 8:15am until 9:45am and again from the end of the parade through 1pm. Anyone needing special accommodations for this event, or any City event or function, can contact ADA Coordinator Cindy Conyers at 512.393.8065 or the San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department at 512.393.8400.

Veterans Pantry Food Drive

The San Marcos Veteran Affairs Advisory Committee and the Hays County Veterans Resource Office will be holding a food drive. Citizens are asked to bring non-perishable food items to the Courthouse Lawn. Veteran Resource Officers will be collecting the donations at their booth. Suggested items include: granola bars, juice boxes, tuna, canned meat products, peanut butter, crackers, fruit cups, and nuts.

Kiwanis Club Kids Bicycle Brigade

Children are invited to join the Kiwanis Club Kids Bicycle Brigade by decorating and riding in their own parade from 9-10 a.m. preceding the main Veterans Day parade. Children ages 5 and older with bicycles, training wheels, and scooters are welcome to bring their bikes and helmets to the Courthouse lawn and decorate then with free flags, streamers, and sign materials. Any child, ages 6-12, attending the parade can stop by the Kiwanis table and sign up to win a bicycle and helmet. Winners will be announced from the grand stand at the end of the parade. One boy and one girl will be selected.


Click here to sign up to volunteer.