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RACINE – Plans are underway to stage Racine’s Memorial Day parade for the first time since 2019. The march, organized by Racine Area Veterans Inc. (RAVI), was not held for the past two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The parade is planned for Monday, May 30, said Matt Gorbaty, parade organizer for RAVI. The organization has made a formal request to the City of Racine. The Racine Common Council is scheduled to act on the request at its April 11 meeting.

Memorial Day Parade Plans

If approved, the parade will follow its traditional route from the starting point at the intersection of West Boulevard and Washington Avenue and ending at Graceland Cemetery off of Osbourne Boulevard.

Gorbaty said that participants will be asked to assemble on West Boulevard, south of Washington, starting at 9 a.m. The parade will step off at 10 a.m.

“Everyone we’ve talked to is so excited to have it (the parade) back,” he said. “We know that it really means a lot to people. Anyone interested in participating is welcome.”

Potential Memorial Day parade participants may contact Gorbaty via email at

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