Parade of Lights celebrates Holiday on Horseback |

Parade of Lights celebrates Holiday on Horseback

by Sarah Hauck
The Town of Minden won the prize for best government entry in the annual Parade of Lights last year.
Kurt Hildebrand File-Photo |

Santa’s reindeer will share the spotlight Saturday with other four-legged steeds during the 19th Parade of Lights.

Holiday on Horseback is the theme this year and the grand marshals are no strangers to horses.

Steve and Carolyn Coburn, part owners of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, will head the parade at 5 p.m. in a classic Mustang.

“Holiday on Horseback is a nod to our equestrian presence here,” said Bill Chernock, Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce executive director. “We have a lot of horse people here in the Valley.”

More than 40 floats will take to Highway 395 between Gardnerville and Minden with their interpretations of this year’s theme.

With the help of both the towns of Minden and Gardnerville, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Highway Patrol and The Record-Courier, the parade will travel from Heritage Park to Minden Park.

Parade goers are encouraged to dress warm, as the weather has been the background for most parade memories.

“Most of the memories seem to concern the weather,” Chernock said. “Last year it was really cold, the year before that it rained on and off for four or five days before and then cleared up the morning of. I’m hoping the forecast holds and stays about 35 with no precipitation. Maybe enough snow on the lawns along 395 to give it the right look and feel. That would be just right for me.”

Although parades of lights seem to be a national holiday entity, Chernock said that this parade of lights is specific to the area.

“It’s just sort of the right level. It’s big enough to create excitement and fun and it’s small enough so that it maintains its character as a Carson Valley thing,” Chernock said.

After the parade, the winners of the float categories will be announced at the CVIC Hall.

Firepits, live music and holiday light shows will be available for parade goers immediately following the parade on Esmeralda Avenue.

The highway between Buckeye and Waterloo will close just after 4 p.m. and will reopen around 6 p.m.

Detours will be provided around the parade route.