One-time Only Event Helps to Cap Nevada’s 150th Yearlong Birthday Celebration in Southern Nevada

Carson City, Nev. – The yearlong celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Nevada’s Statehood will culminate Nevada Day weekend with four parades set to take place in various locations around the state including Carson City, Elko, Virginia City and Las Vegas. In Southern Nevada, the final event to commemorate the establishment of our state will be Las Vegas’ first Nevada Day Parade in downtown along 4th Street on Friday, October 31, 2014. The City of Las Vegas, in partnership with Nevada 150, is hosting the historic parade in Southern Nevada thanks to a grant by the Las Vegas Centennial Committee. Applications to be in the parade are being accepted through September 22 at 5 p.m.

Organizations and individuals from throughout the community including businesses, schools and associations are encouraged to be part of the Nevada 150 celebration. There are many ways to participate including sponsoring a float or parade balloon, marching in the parade, or watching from the parade route. The support will highlight the importance and historical significance that Nevada Day represents to all the people of this great state.

Deadlines are as follow:

  • Mon., September 22: Parade application deadline. Parade applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on this date. Any applications received after this deadline will NOT be accepted. Participants are encouraged to showcase the Nevada 150 theme in their entries.
  • Mon., October 13: Confirmation packets will be mailed out to all approved parade entries. Packets will include: rules, entry number, line up, map, and other important information and instructions.
  • Fri., October 31: Las Vegas Nevada Day Parade at 10 a.m.

“Since the start of our Sesquicentennial festivities last year, we have had an amazing journey in remembering and celebrating the history of our state. As we close out the yearlong celebration commemorating Nevada’s 150th anniversary, we have one last opportunity in Southern Nevada to show Nevada pride through participation in the very first Nevada Day Parade held in Las Vegas,” said Lieutenant Governor and Nevada 150 Chairman, Brian Krolicki. “Through the support and participation from communities all around the state, we have been able to surpass all expectations of involvement and support for Nevada’s 150th birthday; in fact there will have been over 365 events over the course of the year – at least one for each day!”

For more information on how to participate in the parade please visit the Nevada 150 home page: http://www.nevada150.org/wp-content/uploads/Nevada-Day-Parade-Final.pdf or for questions regarding the parade please contact the Nevada Day Parade producer Esther Carter at 702-229-6672 or at ecarter@LasVegasNevada.gov.

On October 31, 1864, Nevada was admitted as the 36th state. To commemorate and recognize the state’s admittance into the Union, Nevada Day was made an official state holiday in 1997 by the Nevada State Legislature. Nevada Day has always been a holiday to celebrate and commemorate our statehood. The longstanding annual tradition is celebrated in rich and colorful ways throughout Northern Nevada, Virginia City, Elko, and in honor of Nevada’s 150th celebration, Southern Nevada will also join the festivities.

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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 will commence on Nevada Day 2013 and conclude with an expanded Nevada Day celebration October 31, 2014. For more information, please visit www.nevada150.org.

 

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