20th Parade of Lights Scheduled for December 5th

The 20th edition of the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Parade of Lights is ready to roll next Saturday. Over 40 parade entrants are expected with lights flashing to make their way from Heritage Park in Gardnerville to Minden Town Park to help kick off the holiday season. As in past years, at 5P the floats will begin to roll up Gilman across Ezell and down Eddy Street before turning north on Main Street. From there, they proceed down Main Street before making the left turn on to Esmeralda and proceeding to Minden Town Park.

In celebration of the 20 year landmark, the Chamber has chosen emerald, the stone associated with 20 year anniversaries, as the center of this year’s theme - “Our Emerald Celebration-20 Years of Holiday Lights” and participants are expected to be nostalgic or green or bedazzled or in some cases, even though it wasn’t the organizer’s intention at all, Wizard of Oz-ish.

Honored as Grand Marshalls this year, the Active 20-30 Club #85 of Carson Valley. They are being spotlighted for providing the Carson Valley Days Parade for decades longer than the Parade of Lights has existed, so it’s one parade giving a ‘thanks’ to another.

Also as in the past, Main Street will close at around 4p and will reopen behind the Borges Sleigh carrying Santa. Typically, Main Street reopens completely by 6:30 or so. To be a part of the festivities, viewers can line Main Street from Eddy to Esmeralda, and there is always a big crowd on Esmeralda to watch the last bit of the parade route.

The Towns of Gardnerville and Minden and their Main Street programs are planning their usual great job of making the beginning and ending portions of the event great for the whole family, and viewers are invited to arrive early and stay late to enjoy the 20th Parade of Lights.