Carson City — The Nevada 150 Sesquicentennial Commission is pleased to announce that Las Vegas will join the Nevada Day celebration with a Nevada 150 commemorative parade. The October 2014 festivities will include four statewide Nevada Day parades to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s statehood, including the first Las Vegas Nevada Day Parade planned as the largest Nevada Day celebration in southern Nevada.
“Nevada Day is one of those unique celebrations that truly captures the heritage of our state’s sense of community and spirit,” said Lt. Governor and Nevada 150 chairman Brian Krolicki. “While we thoroughly enjoy our parades and long-beard contests, it is a celebration of who we are. Being Nevada’s 150th birthday only makes the day more meaningful.”
Las Vegas Nevada Day Parade
On Nevada Day, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 at 10 a.m., the Las Vegas Nevada Day Parade will be held downtown along 4th Street. The parade is scheduled to last approximately two hours and will feature 150 entries and six categories: float, equestrian, marching band, motorized vehicle, walking group and other. Cash prizes will be awarded for the following categories; overall Best Of, Best Historical Significance, Best Float, Best Equestrian, Best Marching Band and Best Vehicle. The parade will be produced by the City of Las Vegas and is made possible through a $100,000 grant from the City of Las Vegas Centennial Commission through its Las Vegas Centennial History Grant Program.
“Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world and we are excited to be hosting a fabulous Sesquicentennial parade to celebrate Nevada Day,” Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said. “I want to thank the Centennial Commission for contributing funding for this event to celebrate this major milestone for our state.”
Elko’s Nevada Day Parade
Also, to be held on Nevada Day, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at 11 a.m. Elko hosts its 27th Annual Nevada Day Parade. Chairmen, since beginning the parade in 1988, Jim and Rose Conner, will start taking entries the October 1 until the day of the parade; line-up will be handled by long time committee members consisting of family and friends. The parade will run its usual route from the Crystal Theater to the Elko County Fairgrounds. This parade is sponsored by the Elko Knights of Columbus Council #2511.
“Elko is truly proud of its Nevada heritage and we are Battle Born and Nevada Proud,” said Don Newman, executive director of the Elko Convention & Visitors Authority and Nevada 150 commissioner. “We look forward to celebrating Nevada’s 150th birthday in style at our annual Nevada Day Parade through downtown Elko”.
For additional information about Elko’s Nevada Day Parade please call Rose Conner at 775-738-7991.
Virginia City Nevada Day Parade
To be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, the Virginia City parade route travels down historic C Street starting at the Fourth Ward School. This year’s parade combines the annual Halloween entries along with those that celebrate the 150th anniversary of Nevada statehood. The parade, organized by the Virginia City Tourism Commission, takes place just before the Nevada 150 Masquerade Ball, a Nevada 150 signature event, held at Piper’s Opera House. The 19th century mining bonanza known as the Comstock Lode turned Virginia City into one of the most important industrial cities between Denver, Colo. and San Francisco, Calif. and resulted in many successful prospectors from all over the world. The riches from Virginia City led to the early development of Western Nevada and the Silver State’s entry into the union on Oct. 31, 1864.
“The gold and silver from Virginia City played a huge role in Nevada becoming the 36th state,” says Deny Dotson, director of the Virginia City Tourism Commission. “We are excited to host the Nevada Day Parade in conjunction with our Nevada 150 Masquerade Ball, right here where it all began in Virginia City.”
For additional information about the Virginia City Nevada Day Parade or Nevada 150 Masquerade Ball please visit www.visitvirginiacitynv.com or call 775-847-7500.
Nevada Day Parade
The 2014 Carson City Nevada Day Parade takes place on Saturday, Nov. 1 in our state’s capital; this year’s parade theme is “Happy 150th Birthday Nevada.” The day kicks off at 8 a.m. with a hot air balloon launch near the Carson Mall on Carson Street (weather permitting). At 10 a.m., a military flyover signals the start of the parade.
This annual tradition features over 200 entries, including local law enforcement, public officials, floats, marching bands, a variety of entertainment, and even the occasional surprise celebrity appearance. The parade begins at the intersection of William and Carson Streets, and concludes approximately at the intersection of Stewart and Carson Streets.
“For more than 75 years, the Nevada Day Parade has been an institution and a source of pride for Nevadans,” says Ken Hamilton, president of Nevada Day Inc., a not-for-profit 501c3 organization. “With this year being the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s statehood, it’s a wonderful opportunity for Nevadans and visitors to come be a part of our state’s history.”
More than just a parade, the Nevada Day celebration continues all weekend long, with dozens of special events taking place all around Northern Nevada. To learn more about Nevada’s longest running celebration of statehood, visit http://www.nevadaday.com.
For more information on the above scheduled parades or to view all other upcoming events for the Nevada 150 celebration, please visit www.nevada150.org. Additional communities wishing to host a parade or other events may submit an event application by visiting the above website.
ABOUT NEVADA 150
Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s admission to the Union, will provide opportunities for celebration and reflection as we come together statewide to commemorate our shared history and build a foundation of cultural appreciation for generations to come. Nevada’s one of a kind and diverse history will be celebrated throughout the state for an entire year in order to promote pride in the shared heritage of all Nevadans. Nevada’s Sesquicentennial celebration commenced on Nevada Day 2013 and will conclude with an expanded Nevada Day celebration October, 2014. For more information, please visit www.nevada150.org.
Amy Beck, The Glenn Group
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