The festival offered guests food trucks and live musical performances from the Rock for Vets band.
The Veterans Day Festival is making a return to North Long Beach in November after taking a one-year hiatus because of COVID-19.
The parade happened despite earlier confusion about its possible cancellation after the Long Beach Veterans Day Committee announced it was no longer able to sponsor the event.
With wars losing their clear-cut purposes following something short of triumphant victories in Korea and Vietnam, coupled with the loss of the Navy and defense jobs in Long Beach, the city’s enthusiasm for martial displays and celebratory patriotism waned to the point that a couple of decades passed with no Veterans Day parades at all.
The 23rd annual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade is scheduled for Nov. 9.
Houghton Park to the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library on Atlantic Avenue will be closed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a celebration that will include a fair, music, food, vendors, a kids zone and an obstacle course.