Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade
Parade Winners Announced!
Nearly a thousand people packed into the staging areas off Pyramid Way and Victorian Avenue braving “winterful” weather to have a wonderful Christmas Parade on Saturday December 7 in downtown Sparks. The parade was a signature event of the Nevada 150 celebration, recognizing the state’s sesquicentennial. The theme, “Celebrating 150 Years of Nevada Heritage,” showcased cowboys, miners, saloons and historical dress on the floats and entries.
The 27th annual Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade was held with outside temperatures between 13 and 29 degrees after a snow fall of 3 to 5 inches. In the final days before the event, city phone lines were active with calls inquiring on whether it was going to be cancelled or postponed. The 2012 parade was postponed one week to allow for city personnel (fire, roads, and police) to be available for a flood that was forecasted for the same weekend. In 26 years, the parade has gone on in snow, rain, wind, extreme cold and beautiful sunny skies! The morning of the parade, the Public Works Department began clearing snow on the streets and sidewalks at 3:00 AM. They had snow clearing equipment ready if needed during the parade.
For this reason, all participants should be commended for their perseverance in the extreme weather.
During the parade, each parade entrant was judged for theme, originality, personality and presentation. The judging categories are: Best Over-all (new category), Business (new category), Vehicle Group, Animals Group, Community Group, Costumed Group, Marching Band, and Float.
The Judges were:
Patty Cafferata, former Treasurer, State of Nevada and Author
Erik Jensen, Area Sales Manager, Swire Coca Cola
Dick Dreiling, President Board of Trustees, Sparks Heritage Museum
Vehicles: Thompson Garage Doors
Community: Reno Rodeo
Marching Band: The Mayors' Own Marching Band
Business: KOLO 8
Animals: Palomino Valley Pet Rescue
Floats: Sparks Heritage Museum
Costume group: Young Pioneers
Sparks Heritage Museum won overall with the most points. They will have the opportunity to lead the parade in 2014 and invited to the VIP area.
Each of the winners will be recognized at the January 13th City Council meeting.
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