2023 National Red Ribbon Rally
Last Updated: Monday October 23, 2023
Red Ribbon is a national anti-drug campaign that is celebrated annually, October 23-31. During Red Ribbon, young people in communities and schools across the nation pledge to live drug-free by wearing red ribbons and participating in community-wide anti-drug events.
Red Ribbon Week is also a time to pay tribute to DEA Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, whose death led to the creation of the Red Ribbon program. Today, millions of Americans all over the United States continue to wear red ribbons to symbolize their support for a united, drug-free nation.
Broadway actress Rema Webb serves as this year’s emcee. The 2023 National Red Ribbon Rally features remarks from DEA Administrator Anne Milgram, NFL veteran Spencer Paysinger, and the WNBA LA Sparks. The rally includes performances by Arlington County Public High school bands, the presentation of colors by Organ Mountain High School, students from Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project in Arlington County, Virginia, announcement of the winners of DEA’s 2023 Community Drug Prevention Awards and Visual Arts Contest, premiere of a local fentanyl PSA from Prince Georges County, Maryland Public Schools, and lots of great ideas on how a community group or family can participate in Red Ribbon this year!
Visit the Red Ribbon Week main page for more information.
This year’s Red Ribbon Rally features voices from our community and special guests who represent diverse experiences and perspectives on drug use prevention and Red Ribbon activism, including youth performances that celebrate living drug-free. In addition, we recognize the elementary, middle, and high school winners of DEA's Red Ribbon Visual Arts Contest and announce the community groups selected to receive DEA’s 2022 Community Drug Prevention Award.
The 2021 Red Ribbon Week Rally featured remarks from DEA Administrator Anne Milgram, DEA Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena's family members, and more.
The 2020 Red Ribbon Week Rally featured youth musical performances, a keynote speech from Miss America Camille Schrier, and much more!
The National Red Ribbon Rally was October 7, 2019. "Breaking Bad" actor Dean Norris as the master of ceremonies, remarks from both the DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon and First Lady Melania Trump, artistic performances from youth groups, award presentations, and more.
The 2018 Red Ribbon Rally featured veteran NBC 4 news anchor Jim Handly as masters of ceremonies, remarks from both the DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon and the director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy Jim Carroll, a performance from a local high school singing group, and more. Watch.
The 2016 rally featured former NFL wide receiver Qadry Ismail, Judge Enrique Camarena Jr. and more. Watch.