The 75th annual Nevada Day Parade marched into history on Saturday, kicking off a yearlong celebration of Nevada’s sesquicentennial.
Several of the 200 entries in the annual parade were from Douglas County, with the Douglas High School Fighting Tiger Marching Band showing good form leading the parade’s fourth division.
Marchers broke formation and performed for the spectators as they made their way down Carson Street.
The foliage in downtown Carson ranged up the spectrum from gold to Tiger orange to red as parade goers enjoyed 55-degree fall weather.
The high school’s JROTC Tiger Battalion defended the band’s flank.
Also marching in the parade was the Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School band directed by Tammy Owens.
Nevada’s founding was in large part about Republican politics, so it’s fitting that Republicans Assemblyman Jim Wheeler and State Sen. James Settelmeyer participated in the parade. Not far from the vanguard, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, a Stateline resident, waved to spectators.
The successor in interest to one of Nevada’s oldest businesses, 1862 David Walley’s Resort & Spa, also had a float in the parade.
No one can remember the last time the Carson Valley Visitor’s Authority had an entry in the parade. The authority’s mobile visitors center, which was unveiled in July, appeared in the parade for the first time. It was also a first for authority Executive Director AJ Frels
“We’re getting a lot of comments on it,” Frels said of the mobile center. “People from the Lake are taking pictures of it and saying they want to get one.”
After the parade, he said he will be visiting the Genoa Bar for the celebration of its 160 years in business 5 p.m. today.
Events in celebration of the state’s sesquicentennial started Friday with the striking of the first silver medallion at the Nevada State Museum. The silver is from a 60-pound ingot donated by a Nevada mining company, and sale of the medallions help fund the 150th celebration. The first minting of the $100.50 medallion sold out in a few weeks, and a second minting is being sold now. A copper medallion is on sale for $15 through the Legislative Gift Shop.
Sesquicentennial committee rural representative Dan Newman said the committee revamped its website to help get news of events during the course of the year out to state residents. The site is at www.nevada150.org.
Douglas County historian Laurie Hickey is building a committee to develop a Genoa event during the sesquicentennial.
Genoans appointed resident Sue Knight to work with the committee and to act as a liaison with the town.
Founded in 1851, Genoa is Nevada’s first settlement and will be using the sesquicentennial as a theme for many of its events over the next year.
One of the first will be the Friends of Snowshoe Thompson’s presentation of a historic evening in Genoa 7-9 p.m. Nov. 8. The show features a Chautauqua of Snowshoe Thompson, Mormon Battalion Sgt. William Coray and Coach Driver Charley Parkhurst.