The Nevada Day
(1938 - 2013)
2013 Parade Day:
October 26, 2013
Nevada Day is a grand celebration commemorating our admission to statehood on October 31, 1864. Nevadan's have the distinction of holding the largest statehood celebration in the nation! With events all weekend, the highlight is the Nevada Day Parade.
Nevada Day is a state holiday presently recognized on the last Friday in October, with the parade on the Saturday following. (Learn more about the history of Nevada Day.)
In 2014, since October 31 falls on a Friday, for the first time in many years, the official Nevada Day State Holiday will be on the actual anniversary of our statehood! With 2014 being our Sesquicentennial (150 years of statehood), what a fitting way to celebrate! With the 31st actually falling on a Friday, the Nevada Day Parade will take place on Saturday, November 1, 2014. This November parade date is an oddity that happens from time-to-time, such as in 2003 and 2008.
What to Expect on Parade Day
Parade day kicks off with an 8:00am hot air balloon launch on Carson Street near the Carson Mall (weather permitting).
At 10:00am a flyover of military craft signals the start of the parade.
The parade begins at the intersection of William and Carson Streets, concluding around 1:00pm to 2:00pm at the intersection of Stewart and Carson Streets. View a map of the parade route here.
Local law enforcement and public officials start the parade, followed by plenty of floats, marching bands, and a variety of entertainment. Usually about 200 entries make up the Nevada Day Parade each year.
Locals and visitors arrive early with lounge chairs and blankets to stake their claim for a spot along the parade route on Carson Street. Food, drink and souvenior vendors walk up and down the route, and local businesses often feature food and beverage specials during the parade.
Putting on the Parade: A Community Effort
The Nevada Day Parade is put on every year thanks to the efforts of the all-volunteer committee of Nevada Day, Inc. - a non-profit 501c3 organization. Sponsors play a key role in keeping the official Nevada Day Parade in Carson City each year, and keeping official Nevada Day events free to the public. Sponsor dollars and parade entry fees go directly towards conducting the parade ’Äî and back into the community ’Äî through vendors, permits, insurance, operating costs, etc. Learn how to you can make a difference with this Nevada tradition here.
2013 Grand Marshal: Mike Shaughnessy
A native Nevadan, Mike Shaughnessy has lived in Carson City since 1937. He's been involved in Nevada Day since marching alongside his father in the first parade in Carson City in 1938 at age 3 ...
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Don't miss the other events happening Nevada Day weekend!
Governor's Banquet •
Chili Feed •
Historic East-Side Tour •
Governor's Mansion Tour
FREE Live Music •
Community Band Concert •
Pancake Breakfast •
Pinewood Derby •
Balloon Launch •
Rock Drilling Contest •