The theme is for 2017 is "Saluting the Rich Military History of Gowen Field."

The parade started at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday in downtown Boise, following a special opening ceremony on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol.

The parade route started at 10th and Jefferson, proceeded east on Jefferson to 4th Street, turned south on Bannock, and goes west to 11th Street.

Parade public affairs officer Matthew Parrott says the parade was scheduled for a week before Veterans Day because November 4 is a drill weekend for the Idaho National Guard at Gowen Field, allowing local military units to have a much larger presence in the parade.

Sadly, one of the grand marshals, Clair Kilton, a World War II veteran, passed away just this past Tuesday. Members of his family rode along the parade route in his place.

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