September 5, 2023

Virginia Beach Convention & Visitor Bureau Brings Shriners Back to Virginia Beach for 23rd Year

The MASA Convention has Been Held in Virginia Beach for 23 Years

​The Mid-Atlantic Shrine Association (MASA) will hold its 23rd annual convention in Virginia Beach, Sept. 7-10, 2023.

Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. With nearly 200 local chapters and thousands of clubs on six continents, Shriners are known for their fellowship, brotherhood, compassion and generosity. The fraternity established Shriners Hospitals for Children as its official philanthropy in 1922, and continues to support it today, while striving to make the world a happier, better place.

During the convention, MASA will host two events open to the public – MASA Casino Night Fundraiser and MASA Shrine Parade. For more event information, visit

MASA Shrine Parade

Saturday, Sept. 9, 9:30 a.m.
Atlantic Avenue from 17th to 29th Street
Free Event

Don't miss the famous Shriners parade as they drive mini cars down Atlantic Avenue starting at 17th Street with bands, chanters, horse patrols, clowns and more. This is a fun event for the entire family. Everyone recognizes a Shriner in their big red fez and mini-motor cars.

Starting at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 9, Atlantic Avenue from 9th Street to 17th Street and the 200 blocks of 10th Street to 16th Street will be closed for parade assembly. Beginning at 9 a.m., Atlantic Avenue will be closed from 9th to 29th Street for the parade route. Atlantic Avenue will open by 1 p.m., or when the parade ends, whichever is sooner.

About Shriners Children's and Shriners Hospitals for Children:

Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our health care system provides advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

The mission of Shriners Hospitals is to:

  • Provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment.
  • Provide for the education of physicians and other healthcare professionals.
  • Conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families.
  • This mission is carried out without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin, or ability of a patient or family to pay.

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