118th VFW National Convention 

New Orleans, La., “The Big Easy” is the host city for the 118th VFW National Convention.

Explore New Orleans today!

Approximately 10,000 VFW and Auxiliary members will convene from all over the world at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, July 22-26, 2017. VFW members will vote on organizational by-laws, attend workshops, network with other veterans and attend business sessions. Convention delegates will also enjoy addresses from several notable and distinguished guests.

New Orleans is one of the world's most fascinating cities – it's home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. From world-famous restaurants to hidden music clubs, as one of America's most culturally and historically-rich destinations, New Orleans has something to discover at every turn. Follow your instincts, your rhythm, your flavor and fun to discover the heart, soul and spirit of the city.

2017 Patriotic Celebration

Patriotic Celebration

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

In the true tradition and spirit of New Orleans, you're invited to join VFW and Auxiliary New Orleans convention attendees for a rockin good time at the VFW Patriotic Celebration mini-Mardi Gras parade, inside Hall C and D at the Ernest Morial Convention Center.

The parade will incorporate the traditional march of the VFW Departments along with other exciting Mardi Gras elements. We encourage you to get into the spirit of the event by dressing up. Wear your favorite costume, bring along a mask or your most colorful feather boa. Visit a shop where you can find authentic New Orleans apparel.

We'll end the evening with true New Orleans entertainment by Vince Vance and his legends of Mardi Gras!  

Watch for more information in the coming weeks so you won't miss this one-of-a-kind event!  

As they say in New Orleans ... Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler - let the good times roll.

118th VFW National Convention Sponsors:


Premier Sponsor:


Health Fair Sponsor:


Patriotic Sponsors:

Burger King
Henry Repeating Arms

Freedom Sponsors:

Heroes with Hearing Loss

Hero Sponsors:


Future Convention Sites          

New Orleans, LA - July 22-26, 2017
Kansas City, MO - July 21-25, 2018
Orlando, FL - July 20-24, 2019
Reno, NV - July 18-22, 2020