It’s going to be a hot time this weekend as the annual Carson Valley Days parade and celebrations coincide with a heat wave.
Parade day will start out warm with the forecast calling for 64 degrees at 7 a.m. By the time Highway 395 closes for the parade the temperature is expected to rise to 70 degrees.
The forecast high temperature on Saturday of 96 degrees in Minden is just a degree off from the record of 97 set in 2003.
Paradegoers should bring plenty of water and wear a hat on Saturday to help prevent overheating.
It will be an early morning with Highway 395 closing before 8 a.m. at Waterloo Lane in the south and Buckeye Lane in the north, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
The parade lines up on County Road, which will be closed 7-9 a.m. Saturday, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The parade officially starts at 9 a.m. and starts on Sixth Street and turns south onto Esmeralda Avenue, rolling through downtown Minden and then onto Highway 395 to Waterloo Lane. Douglas Avenue will also be closed on Saturday morning.
Carson Valley Days festivities start 5 p.m. Thursday with the Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club carnival. Presale tickets for the carnival are available at Scolari’s Food & Drug for $19. The tickets are only good for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Thursday night is buddy night, with 2 for 1 carnival tickets.
Downtown Gardnerville on Friday night will be patrolled by Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies during the annual gathering on Highway 395 between Gilman and Douglas avenues.
Glass or metal containers are prohibited on any public street or any open area that’s open to the public in Gardnerville from 5 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Saturday, to prevent them from being used as projectiles or weapons. Patrons may have glass or metal containers inside restaurants until 9 p.m. Friday. Deputies finding anyone with one of the containers may confiscate it, according to Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Pat Brooks.
“Sheriff Ron Pierini and the members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office remind attendees of the Friday night festivities that all celebrants have an obligation to conduct themselves responsibly during the night,” Brooks said. “Excessive drunkenness, driving under the influence, disorderly conduct, yelling, cursing, quarreling, fighting, or challenging others to a fight will not be tolerated.”
The band Deception is playing behind Buckaroo’s 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, and there will be live music at Lampe Park 7-10 p.m. by Rick Hays & American Steel.