Blackjack edition of Parade of Lights on Dec. 3
Is it possible that the first Saturday in December is just a week away? Is it possible that there have already been 20 Parades of Light? Given that those questions are rhetorical, and the answers are yes, the 21st edition of the Parade of Lights is ready to roll on Dec. 3. Over 40 parade entrants are expected with lights flashing to make their way from Heritage Park in Gardnerville to Minden Town Park to help kick off the holiday season. As in past years, at 5 p.m. the floats will begin to roll up Gilman across Ezell and down Eddy Street before turning north on Main Street. From there, they proceed down Main Street before making the left turn on to Esmeralda and proceeding to Minden Town Park.
In noting the 21st year of the parade and that number’s good luck (especially in Nevada), the theme for this year’s parade is ‘Lucky to Live Here’, and it is expected that float builders will concentrate on those parts of life in the Valley they treasure the most. That opens us up to lots of potential interpretations and ways to use lights.
Honored as Grand Marshal this year is outgoing Board of County Commissioners Chairman Doug Johnson. Actually, it will be Doug and Janice Johnson, because no one puts up with more caused by the life of a commissioner than their spouse. And Doug has hung in there and been a positive force for the County for 12 years.
Also as in the past, Main Street will close at around 4 p.m. and will reopen behind the Borges Sleigh carrying Santa. Typically, Main Street reopens completely by 6:30 or so. To be a part of the festivities, viewers can line Main Street from Eddy to Esmeralda, and there is always a big crowd on Esmeralda to watch the last bit of the parade route.
“The Towns of Gardnerville and Minden and their Main Street programs are planning their usual great job of making the beginning and ending portions of the event great for the whole family, and viewers are invited to arrive early and stay late to enjoy the 21st Parade of Lights,” Chamber of Commerce Director Bill Chernock said.