Gardnerville top Parade of Lights float |

Gardnerville top Parade of Lights float

Cheryl Tagliareni, Dana Dolan and Marie Nicholson sing Christmas carols while riding on the Town of Gardnerville's float in Saturday's Parade of Lights. Gardnerville's entry took top honors in the parade.
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Parade Winners

Service Club or Chruch— Valley Christian Fellowship

Youth — Sierra Inline Hockey

Business — Starbucks

Government — Town of Minden

Overall winner — Town of Gardnerville

It was a little bit warmer out than anticipated as the 18th annual Parade of Lights marched through Gardnerville and Minden on Saturday night.

“We’ve had colder years,” Executive Director Bill Chernock said of the parade, which lasted about an hour.

The forecast was for the temperature to drop down to 21 degrees, but it held steady at 25 degrees. Light snow that was forecast also failed to materialize.

The annual parade featured 41 entries with Santa bringing up the rear in his sleigh.

The parade’s grand marshal was the Douglas County Historical Society.

Walkers handed out candy to children among parade-goers as brightly lit floats passed by. The Starbucks float had hot drinks.