Parade to go off as planned |

Parade to go off as planned

CARSON CITY — No one is going to stop the Nevada Day Parade, a top city leader said Thursday.

Earlier this week, a threatened political protest surrounding one of the parade marshals threatened to rain on the annual event.

“We are quite comfortable and confident the parade will go off as planned and as always we expect to entertain hundreds of people in a family-friendly way and we expect to have adequate security,” said City Manager John Berkich.

“Anyone at any time that would attempt to interrupt the parade will be quickly and summarily removed,” he said. “We invite people to come down and have a great time and know they will be safe and secure.”

Nevada Day Parade committee members were concerned about a protest scheduled against Washoe tribal chairman Brian Wallace who has been named as one of four grand marshals in this year’s Oct. 26 parade, which has the theme “Nevada is Indian Territory.”

The other parade grand marshals are: Felix Ike, representing the Shoshone Nation; Robert Quintero, Northern Paiute Nation; and Phil Swain, Southern Paiute Nation.

Organizing Committee President Virginia Nuzum said Wednesday the committee considered canceling the parade to avoid members of the Affiliated Obsidian Nation, represented by organizer Gerome Steven Wyatt, from attempting to “stop the parade in its tracks.”

Nevada Day generates hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue for local businesses.

Wyatt called for the removal of Wallace as a grand marshal because he claims Wallace cares only about his own personal interests and not about the tribe’s.

“Just because one guy has a problem with my husband is not going to stop him from riding in that parade. He’s going to ride in that parade no matter what,” said Brian Wallace’s wife, Lavonne.

Wallace supporters reacted in force to that suggestion.

“I feel that the parade should not be canceled and I don’t feel that Brian should be removed. He’s worked for our tribe for well over 12 years and I feel he deserves and has earned the honor of representing the Washoe Tribe,” said Bernadette Nieto-Markussen, Washoe tribal member.

A tribal council election is scheduled for Oct. 19, with Wallace one of six candidates.

“Brian wins with the majority vote for the tribe. He’s a good person who does a lot to help our people and has done a lot for them. He’s even well-known nationally and other tribal leaders seek him out and ask for his advice and opinion on things,” said Washoe tribal member Arline Wells. “The AON does not speak for the Washoe people.”

Wyatt said if the parade organizers didn’t want political protests at the parade, which has strict rule about political campaigning, they shouldn’t allow politicians to ride the floats. He said he and others will protest Wallace at the parade.

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