Geotourism Mapguide: A travel guide to the places most respected and recommended by locals.
  Festival Event
Share |
Add to My Favorites
Share a Comment

Nevada Day Celebration and Parade

Parade 2008

Photo © Wannetta Bernard

Description of Event

Each October, Nevadans turn their attention to Carson City, Nevada's state capitol, home of the Nevada Day Celebration and Parade. It's Nevada's Heritage Celebration, a gathering of community spirit to celebrate the founding of the state of Nevada, and to salute the state's past and look ahead to its future.

Nevada Day is presently a state holiday recognized on the last Friday in October with the parade on Saturday.

Now, more than 70 years old, Nevada Day features a multitude of activities, including the parade, music and arts shows, RSVP Carnival, Pancake Breakfast, Nevada Day Classic Run/Walk, World Championship Single-Jack Rock Drilling Contest, Beard Contest, Annual Chili Feed, post-parade musical performances by local bands and more.

The 74th Annual Nevada Day Parade takes place on Saturday, October 27, 2011. It ambles down Carson Street from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Time). The parade kicks off with an 8:00 a.m. hot air balloon launch on Carson Street (weather permitting), followed by the 10:00 a.m. flyover of F-18 Hornets and F-16 Falcon from the Fallon Naval Air Station, and C-130 Hercules from the Nevada Air Guard. The parade features floats, equestrian units, marching bands and a variety of entertainment . The 2012 Nevada Day Theme is "Nevada's Great Outdoors", and this year's co-Grand Marshals are Chris Healy, of the Nevada Depatment of Wildlife and native Nevadan, and Smokey Bear, the U.S. Forest Service mascot dedicated to educating the public about the dangers of forest fires. 

The parade route begins at the intersection of William and Carson streets and ends at the intersection of Stewart and Carson streets. Awards in 35 categories are given including one for best float, best band, best mounted equestrian group, and best historical entry.

Admission Fee (if any): None for the parade and most community events.

Ages Festival is Appropriate For: All ages

 ADA Accessibility Notes
Downtown Carson City is ADA accessible.
 Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are welcome at the parade, but may be startled by loud noises.

For More Information, Contact:

Ken Hamilton

Nevada Day, Inc.
P.O. Box 999, Carson City, NV 89702-0999
775-882-2600 · toll-free 866-683-2948 · fax 775-882-6815

No comments have been made about this nomination. Be the first to add a comment!

We encourage healthy dialogue and interaction. Please include your first and last name. Comments must be accurate, family-friendly, based on personal experience and relevant to all travelers. Comments with profanity, threats, personal insults, or commercialized content will be deleted. Thank you.

Sierra Nevada MapGuide Sponsor >
Northern Sierra Partnership

Boundaries and names shown do not necessarily reflect the map policy of the National Geographic Society.

Longitude: -119.766855200
Latitude: 39.170263200
Elevation: 4691 FT (1430 M)
Robin Shriver
Meet the Contributor:
Robin Shriver
1st Saturday in Three Rivers
Food, fun and fabulous art. On the 1st Saturday of every month, artists, restaurants, and...
49er Festival & Chili Cook-off
Commencing in the middle 1970s, and originally dubbed “Old West Days,” the 49er...
Amador County Fair
It’s apparent when you enter the gates of the Amador County Fair that life in the fast...
Animal Film Festival
Animal Film Festival (AFF) is a production of the Center for Animal Protection & Education...
Annual California Native Plant Sale from the Alta Peak Chapter
On the first Saturday in October, the Alta Peak Chapter of the California Native Plant Society...
Download the Mobile MapGuide