The parade features over 250 groups and 20,000+ participants, including veterans of all eras, military units, civic and youth groups (including Junior ROTC), businesses, and top high school marching bands from across America. Floats, military and vintage vehicles and other special elements add to the excitement, which is viewed by over half a million spectators. The parade goes up Fifth Avenue, from 26th to 5oth Street. The route is 1.3 miles (approx. 35 minutes on foot).