How Ballooning Costs Ended Trump’s Veterans Day Parade Plans

The parade could have cost more than actual military exercises.
  • In August, President Donald Trump canceled the Veterans Day parade he originally wanted on Nov. 10.
  • The parade would’ve cost roughly $92 million.
  • Police presence alone would’ve cost taxpayers $13 million.

Sunday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, which means there will be parades galore across the nation over the weekend. But don’t expect to see one in the nation’s capital.

Back in August, President Donald Trump canceled the Veterans Day parade that was slated to take place on Nov. 10 in Washington, D.C. The reason: a price tag of approximately $92 million, far exceeding the original estimate of $12 million.

Trump, for his part, blamed Washington politicians for the unexpectedly high cost of the parade. In response, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser reminded the president she had previously told the administration about the likelihood of high parade costs:

Before the parade was canceled, it was estimated that costs for the event had reached $92 million, including $13 million for police, $3.5 million for fire and emergency medical services, $2.2 million for the local transportation department for traffic control and more than $500,000 for the public works department, according to ABC. The parade’s price tag was so expensive it apparently eclipsed the cost of some military training exercises.

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Trump had been pushing for the parade since his visit to Paris in 2017, where he was wowed by the Bastille Day celebration he witnessed.

In lieu of the parade that could’ve been, Trump plans to visit Joint Base Andrews in nearby Prince George’s County, Maryland, for another parade. The president also plans to travel to Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. His trip has raised some eyebrows, as it comes shortly after a midterm election that saw Democrats regaining control of the House while Republicans maintained their majority in the Senate.

Even though there won’t be a parade in Washington, that doesn’t mean Veterans Day is a loss for military members and those who support them. There are tons of freebies and discounts to take advantage of on both Nov. 11 and Nov. 12.

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