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Media Preview Day Set for 30th Annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade

WHAT:               Media are invited to a special preview of the 30th annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade.  Visuals include volunteers putting the finishing touches on 2024 floats and opportunities to speak with parade organizers about what’s new for the valley’s largest Independence Day parade. The parade is planned to be grander than ever with 70 entries, including a 50-foot American Eagle, 40-foot Grand Old Flag plus 18 giant inflatable balloons, veteran and military organizations, patriotic and pop culture-themed floats, performing groups, plus entries from the Vegas Golden Knights, Las Vegas Raiders, Las Vegas Aviators and the Vegas Thrill. Special for this year is a trio of “Out of the Parade Vault” entries, some of the most popular and significant floats from the last three decades recreated in honor of the 30th anniversary. More than 2,500 people are expected to participate in the parade and more than 500 volunteers from dozens of local schools and community groups will assist with parade operations. Attendance along the parade route is expected to top 50,000 people.

 

WHEN:              Monday, July 1, 2024, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

 

WHERE:           *Trails Park – east parking lot, 1920 Spring Gate Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89134

                              *Look for large white tent structure

WHO:                Tommy Porrello, Summerlin Council spokesperson

MEDIA

RSVP:                Lisa Robinson, lisa@twgpr.com, 702-326-0334

 

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PARADE DETAILS

Special for this year is a trio of “Out of the Parade Vault” entries, some of the most popular and significant floats from the last three decades recreated in honor of the 30th anniversary.

 

The throwback floats will be sprinkled throughout the parade and include: Stars and Stripes Forever, which set the standard for dazzling displays and the grand floats we see today; Visions of Candyland, featuring its original sponsor, Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, and the original players, who were just eight years old when the float debuted, in the roles of Queen Frostine and Princess Lolly; and Ferris Bueller’s Independence Day Off, one of the most popular and first-ever performance floats, which also will feature an original player in the role of Ferris.

 

The parade features a myriad of new floats including, Spiderman Saves the City; Chillin’ with the Villains; and Promi the Magical Zoonicorn. Several popular patriotic-themed entries return this year, including All-Star Salute to the Military, honoring the service men and women from Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases; America Sings! featuring the Desert Angels gospel choir; and America Standing Tall featuring a 15-foot Miss Stars and Stripes towering high above the crowd.

 

Popular performance entries include Danza Del Carrizo Native American performing group, Live Arts Collective from the West Las Vegas Arts Center, the Swing It! Girls, Vegas Golden Gals and the Bonanza High School marching band. Veterans and military organizations will be represented by the Marine Corps League, American Legion, Forgotten Not Gone, Southern Nevada Military Vehicle Association, Military Order of the Purple Heart and Submarine Veterans of Las Vegas.

 

Returning to the parade this year are fan favorites, Star Wars:The Fourth Awakens, featuring the Stars Wars Club of Southern Nevada, Mario Karts on Parade, featuring Mario and Luigi and Red, White and Bluey.

 

More than 2,500 people are expected to participate in the parade and more than 500 volunteers from dozens of local schools and community groups will assist with parade operations. Over 20,000 cubic feet of helium will be used for the giant inflatables. More than 500 American Flags will be on display throughout the community. Attendance along the parade route is expected to top 50,000 people.

 

The 2024 Grand Marshal is Colonel Nicholas R. Pederson, Commander of the 432d Wing and the 432d Air Expeditionary Wing, Creech Air Force Base, Nevada.

 

The parade is organized by The Summerlin Council, the nonprofit arm of the Summerlin Community Association dedicated to the social, educational, and recreational enrichment of residents.

 

The parade is free and open to the public. Parade-goers may reserve personal viewing areas curbside with blankets, chairs, etc. Those spaces are available on a first come, first served basis and may be set up along the parade route sidewalks no earlier than 7 a.m. on July 3. All persons and their property must remain on the curb. Everyone is encouraged to arrive early, bring water and wear sunscreen.

Title Sponsor is Howard Hughes /Summerlin. Major sponsors include Station Casinos; Summerlin Hospital Medical Center; City National Bank; Diversified Protection Corporation; Tri Pointe Homes; One Hour A/C and Heating; Palmer Electric; Pure Plumbing & Air; Pinkbox Doughnuts; BrightView Landscape Services; Par 3 Landscape Management; Downtown Summerlin; LandCare; and Cox. 

 

The parade begins at the corner of Hillpointe Rd. and Hills Center Dr. in The Trails village of Summerlin. Participants travel south toward Village Center Circle, then west on Trailwood Drive. The parade ends near the corner of Trailwood Drive and Spring Gate Lane.

 

For more information, visit www.summerlinpatrioticparade.com



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