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Parade of Lights is Saturday

Staff Reports

Carson Valley’s brightest celebration of the holiday season will take to the streets for the 18th annual Parade of Lights on Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.

Residents and visitors will line Highway 395 between Eddy Street in Gardnerville and Minden Park to watch dozens of colorfully illuminated floats.

“The hometown feel of the parade should be even stronger than usual this year as the ‘Our Town’ theme is put into the parade entries,” said Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bill Chernock. “How each of the more than 40 participants brings the theme alive should be fun to see.”

The parade route has been altered slightly this year. The floats will stage on Gilman Avenue near Heritage Park, proceed to Ezell and then to Eddy and enter Main Street from Eddy to make their way down Main Street to Esmeralda and Minden Park.

“Honored as the grand marshalls this year, the Board of the Douglas County Historical Society is a perfect fit for the theme,” Chernock said. “Their work encompasses all of ‘Our Towns’ that make up the Valley, and while their focus may be on the past, their activities in the present keep our history vibrant and ensure it has a place in our future. They’ll be riding in style in two new Mustang convertibles provided by Capital Ford.”

Parade entrants compete in categories and the judges, stationed outside the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, will name the best entries in youth, government, service club/nonprofit and business categories as well as their choice for best overall. The winners will be announced in the CVIC Hall shortly after the conclusion of the parade.

At both ends of the parade, in Heritage Park and downtown Minden, parade-goers can enjoy music, holiday light shows and more. Post parade, there will be firepits for s’mores and live music on Esmeralda Avenue, and the CVIC Hall has activities provided by the Town of Minden and the Carson Valley Art Association.

The event is produced by staff and volunteers from the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce with the assistance of the towns of Gardnerville and Minden, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Highway Patrol and The Record-Courier.

The highway will close between Buckeye and Waterloo shortly after 4 p.m. for the event and reopens immediately after the parade, which should be approximately 6 to 6:15 p.m. Detours around the parade route are available.