Nevada Day Parade should draw loads of Californians
Expect plenty of Californians to be swarming Carson City this weekend to help Nevadans celebrate their state holiday.
The Nevada Legislature last year made Nevada Day a floating holiday to give Nevadans living all over the state a chance to make the long haul to Carson City.
But it seems to be Northern Californians who are taking advantage of the three-day weekend, even though it’s not a holiday in the Golden State. From this year forth, the parade will roll down Carson Street on the last Saturday of the month rather than sticking to the real Nevada Day, Oct. 31.
“I’ve got lots of calls from Sacramento, the Bay Area and Susanville,” said Joy Evans, events director at the Carson City Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. “They’re asking what time is the parade. Northern California has no parades like the one Nevada has. They have nothing on a scale that Carson City has.”
Evans predicts all motel and hotel rooms in Carson City will sell out for the weekend.
By Thursday afternoon, a number of hotels already had all rooms reserved for parts of the three-day weekend. Carson Station, the Plaza Hotel and City Center Motel all were sold out for Saturday. Days Inn and Desert Hills were sold out for Friday, and the Downtowner Motor Inn and Hardman House had all their rooms reserved for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“Most are here to be in the parade, and they are mostly Californians,” said Amie Stevens, the reservationist at the Hardman House. “We have a perfect location. The parade goes right by our door.”
The Devil Mountain Brigade will fill 58 of 62 rooms at the Hardman House.
Nevada plates were mounted on one of the first motor homes to claim a prized viewing spot in the Gottschalks parking lot. Bill and Irene Breen drove in from Fallon on Thursday morning.
“If you don’t come two or three days beforehand, you don’t get a spot here,” said Bill Breen, taking cover inside his motor home while rain fell Thursday afternoon.
The Breens have been Nevada Day regulars for some 20 years. In coming days, they will be joined by son Robert Breen of Dayton and granddaughter LaRinda Clarke and her husband, Tyler, and their two children, who are heading down from Virginia City.
Bill Breen is retired from the Navy and Irene Breen retired after working 25 years at the exchange at the Naval Air Station Fallon.
“I go along with the three-day weekend, sure I do,” Bill Breen said. “It’s better all the way around.”
Parades have drawn Irene Breen long before she became a Nevada Day junkie.
“Parades have been my life,” she said. “I grew up going to parades in New Jersey. In high school, I was a majorette.”
Nevada Division of Forestry crew supervisor Matt Kerr brought his 12-man fire crew to Carson Street to set up five reviewing stands for judges, VIP guests and audio equipment.
The inmate crew has worked together since March, most recently at a fire on Mount Como that burned out of control last week.
“This is kind of a break for the crew because they are usually cutting trees,” Kerr said.
The capricious weather could bring anything, but the official forecast for late Saturday morning calls for winds up to 30 mph but likely no rain. The temperature at 10 a.m. for the start of the parade should be around 50 degrees, topping out at no more than 53 degrees, said meteorologist John Corey at the National Weather Service office in Reno.
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