2015 Parade Theme —
"Nevada: One State, Many Cultures"
What is Nevada Day?
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 being the Nevada Day Parade.
When is Nevada Day and the Nevada Day Parade Day?
Nevada Day is a state holiday presently recognized on the last Friday in October; the parade takes place on the Saturday immediately following. This year the state holiday is observed on Friday, October 30 and the for the first time in years, the Nevada Day Parade takes places the "true" Nevada Day, Saturday, October 31, 2015 — celebrating our 151st anniversary of statehood. || (Learn more about the history of Nevada Day.)
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 are encouraged to 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 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 —and back into the community — through vendors, permits, insurance, operating costs, etc. Learn how to you can make a difference with this Nevada tradition here.