Virginia Beach to Welcome the Shriners and Their Famous Parade

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The tradition continues the first week after Labor Day as Virginia Beach residents will enjoy the entertainment provided by the Mid-Atlantic Shrine Association (MASA), including parades, music and motorized competitions.  The association has held its annual convention in Virginia Beach for more than 20 years. 


The Shriners are expected to bring 3,500 attendees and guests to the Oceanfront from Sept. 7 to 10, with more than 5,000 hotel room nights. The association is also drumming up entertainment -- free and open to the public. Their famous parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at 17th Street and Atlantic Avenue, and will continue to 27th Street. 


Parade Schedule:

Saturday, Sept. 8


MASA Shriners’ Parade begins at 9:30 a.m.
17th to 27th Street on Atlantic Avenue, at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront


Temporary road closures will occur along Atlantic Avenue (from 9th Street through 29th Street) for parade routes on Sept. 8, beginning at 8:30 a.m.  All streets will be reopened by 2 p.m.  For more information on street closures, please call the city Resort Management Office at (757) 385-4800. For interviews or additional information about the Mid-Atlantic Shrine Association, please contact George Eason, Secretary/Treasurer of MASA, at (757) 880-0615.