Each year, tens of thousands gather in Phoenix for the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade. This year is no exception and the event is expecting record attendance. New and returning floats, bands, and groups will adorn the streets of Phoenix in honor of those who served.
The Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle is one of these floats, driven by Air Force Veteran Alex Reynoso, carrying Betty Grenig.
Betty, who turned 101 years old this August, has been an American Red Cross volunteer since she was 19 years old.
Reynoso, who has delivered food, water, and clean-up supplies into disaster struck areas to help those in need says that driving “Miss Betty” in the parade is his favorite gig. “She’s an icon,” says the Arizona native who also donates his time to the USO. “Betty is a treasure for all of us. She embodies what the American Red Cross is all about: service to others, whether it’s in a disaster, giving blood, help for service members and their families, international work or CPR and water safety.”
Grenig remarks, “My best advice to people of all ages is to find a cause you believe in and volunteer. It will make you a better person, and you will enjoy it. Oh! And give blood if you can. People always need it, and it takes less than an hour out of your day.”
Know Before You Go
The streets will be filled with color and music as the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade rolls through the streets of Phoenix at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov.11, 2022. This year’s theme is Liberty, Honor, and Sacrifice. The Phoenix Veterans Day Parade features seven Veterans as Grand Marshals from World War II to the present day, two distinguished Marshals, floats, ROTC units, military vehicles, classic cars, marching bands, equestrian units, and more.
The route starts on Central Avenue just south of Bethany Home Road. It then turns east on Camelback Road, then south again on 7th Street. The parade ends north of Indian School Road. There is parking in the neighborhoods near the route. There is also a light rail stop at Central and Camelback Road that is on the route.
Bring chairs and blankets and arrive early to find a good spot to see the parade.
You can see all street closures on the map in the image below.