Nevada Day Parade takes place on Carson Street. // © 2011 Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau
To honor Nevada’s statehood, a four-day celebration will take place the last weekend in October in Nevada's state capitol of Carson City. For the Nevada Day festivities, Nevadans turn their attention to Carson City each October to celebrate life in the Silver State, with a three-hour-long parade along Carson Street.
On parade day, visitors see the best of the state's high school marching bands intermingled with hundreds of horses, led by boot-clad men with Old West chaps, flowing beards and a turn-of-the-century spirit. The ladies of the Wild West are clad in garb that range from Victorian conservative to saloon risque. Food fare around Carson City is authentically cowboy, with cast-iron pots brimming with bean, bacon, chili and stew concoctions, cornbread and plenty of brews and sarsaparillas to wash it all down.
Nevada Day organizers ensure that there is plenty to do before, during and after the parade, with free music and arts shows, a carnival packed with thrill-seeking rides, a flap-jack pancake breakfast, walk, trot and running events, a World Championship Rock Drilling Contest, a must-see beard and whisker contest and a chili feed.
The 73rd Annual Nevada Day Parade features floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands from throughout the state on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The traditional 10 a.m. flyover of F-18 Hornets and an F-16 Falcon from the Fallon Naval Air Station and a C-130 Hercules from the Nevada Air Guard will kick-off the parade.