Memorial Day parade in Falls Church

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - Folks looking for an alternative to Memorial Day festivities in the Washington can look to Falls Church, which is hosting its 30th annual parade - sort of.

The Falls Church parade - one of the larger events in the region - actually began in 1951. But in 1981, the city canceled the parade because of a gasoline crisis. The parade resumed in 1982 and has been held every year since.

The parade kicks off at 2 p.m. with a reviewing stand across from the city's community center.

A 3K fun run will be held in the morning and a veterans' ceremony will be held at 11 a.m.