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Cold doesn’t put damper on parade

by Alicia Main
Carson Valley Chamber Manager
Parade participants make their way down 395 during the annual Parade of Lights on Saturday.
Mimi Stanton

Once again, we are starting with the suggestion that Saturday’s Parade of Lights was the best ever. While it could have been a little warmer, making the event successful requires a huge amount of effort on the part of a lot of organizations and people. Our first set of thank you’s goes out to the Towns of Gardnerville and Minden, Town Managers Tom Dallaire and JD Frisby and their employees. They cover a list of tasks that seems to get longer each year and this year in particular they stepped up to some of the challenges of a record number of participants and went above and beyond to make it all work.

Without the full support of Sheriff Pierini, Capt. Coverly and literally everyone at Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the parade simply does not happen. From patrol to traffic control, Search & Rescue to SWAT, Mounted Posse to Citizens on Patrol, DARE, GREAT and all of the admin staff, they have our gratitude.

Thanks to NDOT for making make sure the parade is safe for our thousands of spectators. Staging the parade is not the easiest thing in the world and Chamber Ambassador Ted Thran and volunteers Gina Macabales, Patti Hopkins, McKenzie Main and Tristan Nollsch made sure we rolled on time and in order.

The parade announcers: Drew Aguilar and Pat Bridges add to the parade experience in Minden, and this year judges Ursula Prebezac, Nancy Epstein and Brian Fitzgerald had the unenviable job of selecting the best floats and they chose the Sassie Girls, the Town of Minden, VIP Plastics, the Girl Scouts of Carson Valley/Cub Scout Pack 8583 and Controlled Burn & Mutant Car Misfits as the best in their categories. They will receive plaques noting their success courtesy of Monique Reno and Accolades. Thanks also to Curt and the gang at COD Casino for providing our announcer stage on Esmeralda.

We were thrilled to honor Bobbi Thompson and the team at the great Minden-Tahoe Airport as grand marshals this year, recognizing their efforts to provide the community a terrific general aviation airport and for bringing the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels to the Valley.

Santa bore an amazing resemblance to local real estate agent Bill Driscoll and provided a terrific end to the parade for both the kids and the adults who act like kids when they see Santa Claus.

As always, our biggest thanks go to the hundreds of our neighbors who take the time to create the amazing floats and to the thousands who bundle up and brave the cold to cheer and laugh and enjoy a special evening each year. We feel privileged to be a part of this extravaganza every December.

Thank you!