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7 Ways to Celebrate Nevada Day This Weekend

Happy 149th Birthday, Nevada! Here are seven ways to celebrate Nevada’s big day, this weekend:

  1. Watch the Nevada Day Parade in Carson City on Saturday, Oct 26 – it’s the biggest event. The parade goes from 10am-1pm. This will be the 75th parade!
  2. Look up for the Balloon Launch before the big parade, at 8am, followed by a…
  3. Military Aircraft Flyover from Fallon Naval Air Station and Nevada Air Guard.
  4. Attend the UNR vs UNLV football game for the Freemont Cannon on October 26, at Mackay Stadium in Reno. (Go Pack!)
  5. Dig in to the 19th Annual Chili Feed hosted by Lt. Governor Brian K. Krolicki at the Carson Nugget at 2:00pm on Parade Day, Oct 26.
  6. Get moving at the Nevada Day Classic Run/Walk in Carson City – 8k  Run and 2 Mi Run/Walk – at 8am, Oct 26.
  7. Enjoy Free Museum Admissions: Sparks Museum for Nevada residents on October 25, and Nevada State Museum during the Parade in Carson City, October 26.

Click here to view the complete list of events and festivities!

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Happy Veterans Day! Parades and Discounts:

First, huge thanks to all of our veterans for bravely serving our country! Here’s how Reno Tahoe is celebrating Veterans Day:

Downtown Reno

The 5203083442_f1c55b8fce_oparade marches through the heart of downtown Reno, honoring those who have sacrificed to protect our country. ROTC units, marching bands and flag-waving citizens turn out in full force to show their appreciation and support of our nation’s heroes.

Harrah’s Reno

All Veterans and active military personnel are eligible to receive a free buffet on Sunday, November 11, and Monday, November 12.  Simply show your military identification to the Carvings Buffet cashier. Carvings features a 16-foot carving station with all the finest meats, fresh seafood daily, wood-fired pizzas, sushi and your favorite Italian, Mexican and Asian dishes.  An extensive selection of delectable desserts is waiting to top off every meal.  Sunday Brunch is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Sunday and Monday dinner buffet hours are 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Squeeze In

Veterans can enjoy a free meal – up to $15 – with proof of ID on Monday, November 12.

Virginia City

At the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval joins the Virginia City, Nev. Veteran’s Day Parade alongside Korean War veterans.  The parade, held Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., takes place along C Street – the town’s main drive.

Reno Tahoe Celebrates Nevada Day 2012

1_nevadaday_logo-purpleWe love Nevada, and we have a feeling we are not alone. The jubilant mood spreading amongst Nevadans as we near October 31 is not only because we get a holiday at work and school (conveniently near/on Halloween) to honor the place we live – although it’s certainly a perk – but we have some serious pride in our state. Below is a listing of events where you can join us in celebration of our favorite holiday, Nevada Day!

Sparks Historic Walking Tour

October 26, in Sparks

Celebrate Nevada Day and learn about the history of downtown Sparks.  This one hour walking tour includes 18 buildings and spots that have played an important role in the history and development of Sparks and Nevada.

Your guide, Scott Carey, grew up in Sparks and since working on the Sparks Centennial Commission has been actively working on projects to preserve and enhance the history of this great community.

Tours are every hour on the hour. All Proceeds benefit the Sparks Museum.

Nevada Day Parade

October 27, in Carson City

Celebrate the Silver State’s 148th birthday with the largest formal statehood celebration in the nation! Enjoy the parade, arts show, carnival, pancake breakfast, run/walk, music, World Championship Single Jack Drilling Contest, Beard Contest and a slate of other activities.

Visit NevadaDay.com for a complete listing of Nevada Day events throughout the Silver State.

A Hometown Holiday Weekend Lights Up the Start of the Season

Festivities and activities to nativities and sugar plum fairies,  December is here and Reno Tahoe USA is wasting no time jumping into the holiday spirit!

SPARKS HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS ~ Dec 2-3

5330823374_5ab658c20d_zThe spectacular tree lighting ceremony happens tonight, followed by the extensive Christmas Parade on Saturday. The Parade’s Grand Marshals include: Ian Petrella (played Randy, Ralphie’s younger brother in “A Christmas Party”), American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke and Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Natalie Caughlin. The parade will travel from east to west on Victorian Avenue, from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

CHRISTMAS ON THE COMSTOCK PARADE OF LIGHTS ~ December 3

Let the traditional holiday light cruises drive past you this year. This quaint community hosts an early evening parade, in which the floats and marching bands must incorporate lights. It’s a celebration of the holidays with a hometown ambiance.

THE NUTCRACKER ~ December 3-4

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without the retelling of one of the season’s most beloved tales. Experience the season’s joy as Tchaikovsky’s classic music guides you on a journey through a world full of beauty and magic, dancing snow flakes and sugar plums, and a war betwixt rat and a charming heroic prince. For more performances of the Nutcracker in the Reno Tahoe region, click here!

SPIRIT OF THE SEASON ~ December 3-4

The traditionally popular, Spirit of the Season holiday show is finally here. The hair on the back of your neck – be warned! This year’s guest artist Kip Wilborn – an SF Opera performer and former “Phontom” – is lending his amazing pipes to the music of the holidays. The concert set will be held on Saturday, December 3 (7:00 p.m.) and Sunday December 4 (2:00 p.m.) at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.

Happy Holidays!

Virginia City Salutes Veterans With Traditional Large Parade

Veterans Day Parade VCVirginia City will hold its annual Salute to Veterans on Thursday, Nov. 11 with the Veteran’s Day Parade. John Koch, a Virginia City man who served in the Aleutian Islands during World War II, will be the grand marshal.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m., in recognition of the date and time the Armistice was signed ending World War I, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th year. Lineup will begin at 10 a.m. at the Fourth Ward School, 527 South C Street, Virginia City.

A free spaghetti lunch for parade participants will be held at the Storey County Senior Center, E and Mill Streets, following the parade. Also, all veterans with ID will receive free admission to the Silver State Peace Officer’s Museum on B Street.

Koch was born and raised in Texas, but moved to Los Banos, Calif. at 17. He was drafted in 1941 and was assigned to an anti-aircraft 90 mm gun unit in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Koch participated in the battles of Attu and Kiska, and stayed in Alaska until the end of the war.

Thursday’s parade will feature many veterans groups as well as about a half-dozen high school ROTC units and two marching bands, the Carson Middle School Band and the Dayton Intermediate School band.

To enter the parade, call 775-691-5687 for a parade form, or e-mail your entry to comstockwriter@yahoo.com.   You may also find an online form at www.VisitVirginiaCityNV.com or register at www.VirginiaCityNews.com using the guest book section. Those entering should include their name, address and phone number and a brief description of their entry for the parade announcers.

To be part of the advance lineup, entries must be received by Nov. 10; however, late entries are welcome and will be placed at the end of the parade.

This is a large parade and advance entries help things run smoothly.  After the parade there is still a lot to do in Virginia City. Stop at the visitor center to purchase your Silver Line Express discounted attraction passes and tour the town.

For overnight accommodations and more information on this and other events happening in Virginia City, log on to www.VisitVirginiaCityNV.com or call the Virginia City Visitor Center at (775) 847-4FUN (4386) or (800) 718-SLVR (7587).

Nevada Day: Celebrate the Silver State

Each year the floats come out … along with the horses, the Shriners in their little cars, kids and high school bands from miles around during the Nevada Day Parade.

Nevada has the distinction of being the state with the largest formal celebration honoring its admittance into statehood. This year, it will commemorate 145 years of statehood during the annual Nevada Day Celebration, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Carson City.

The highlight of the celebration is the Nevada Day Parade on Oct. 31 with the theme for our 2009 parade “A Salute to President Lincoln.”
Come see the Silver State shine on the streets of Carson City.

Video: Visit Historic Virginia City

The past is alive in historic Virginia City. The preserved western frontier town was once the center of commerce and culture during the gold and silver booms of the late 1800s. The old buildings, wooden boardwalk, museums, steam train and shops bring that history to life for families seeking a taste of the Wild West. Watch the Video:


Time change for Reno vintage race car parade

corvette-paradeSelect vintage race cars from the field of 100 competing in the Reno Historic Races May 1-3 at the Reno-Fernley Raceway, will parade through downtown Reno Thursday, April 30 starting at 4:30 p.m.

While the historic race cars will hit speeds of up to 185 MPH on the track, they’ll travel a bit slower on their parade route from the National Automobile Museum parking lot on the corner of Mill and Lake streets, through downtown to be showcased in front of the West Street Market.

The racecars will remain downtown until 8 p.m. as part of the Reno River walk District’s first Art Walk.

The Reno Historic Races, now in its 6th year, is honoring Corvettes with Grand Marshall Bob Bondurant.

The National Automobile Museum, The Harrah Collection, which benefits from a portion of the sale of race tickets, will have a booth near the racecar display.

Race tickets are $12 each for the public and $10 each for museum members. The group rate for five or more tickets is $10 each. Children age 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are good for all three days.

For more information on the parade, contact the National Automobile Museum at 775-333-9300.  For more information on the Reno Historic Races call 818-249-3515 or visit www.renohistorics.com.