Omaha Parade to Kick Off Memorial Day Weekend

May 27, 2021, 11 a.m. ·

Giant balloon of a Purple Heart medal being guided on strings as part if a parade
The parade includes 50 entries including a giant U.S. Flag and Purple Heart balloons. (Photo Courtesy of Bill Williams)

To kick off Memorial Day weekend, an Omaha non-profit is hosting a patriotic parade and concert Friday in downtown Omaha. Patriotic Productions honors military service members, past and present.

The parade will feature Gold Star family members as honoree parade marshalls, a classic corvette car club and motorcycles on the parade route, as well as live music.

Bill Williams, co-founder of Patriotic Productions, says he and his wife go to a Memorial Day service every year and have noticed it is normally an older crowd. So, he decided to create an event that everyone can enjoy.

"This is a great opportunity for people because it is fun, but then it is serious with the Gold Star families and the military units that will be walking by. I think it's a good message and a good lesson for young people to understand what the holiday is really about."

The parade will start at 6:30 p.m. at 12th and Jackson street in Omaha and end at the Durham Museum with an outdoor concert. Pre-parade activities with live music will begin at 4:00 p.m. Following the parade, there will be music by singer Lee Greenwood and Grateful Heart, as well as the national Remembering Our Fallen display among other activities. .