On behalf of the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, we’d like to thank all those who helped make the 2014 Parade of Lights a great success. We don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Saturday’s parade was the best ever.

Our primary partners in putting together the event are the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County, the Town of Gardnerville, Main Street Gardnerville and the Town of Minden. In each of those organizations, dozens of people put in time and effort to make the parade run smoothly and safely. We could not possibly do it without their continuing support and we thank them.

We also must say thank you to NDOT and the Nevada Highway Patrol for keeping the streets safe during the parade and offer special thanks to Granite Construction for helping us by providing signage for traffic control. Douglas County Search and Rescue and the Citizens on Patrol also need to be recognized for providing the personnel to keep the side streets controlled.

Thank you to our Grand Marshals, Steve and Carolyn Coburn of California Chrome and DAP Racing fame. They had a special year and generously took their time to share some of it with their hometown. We hope they enjoyed it as much as the crowd did, and thanks also to AJ and Jerry Johns of the Reno Mustang Club for bringing the perfect vehicle, their 1964 ½ Mustang convertible to carry the Colburns.

There are many others who perform the tasks to make the parade happen. John Humphrey, Ted Thran and Tamera Woodbridge, who helped get all the entries in order at the staging area and Announcers Paula Lochridge and Lloyd Higuera in Gardnerville and Announcers Drew Aguilar and Jessica Jensen in Minden. Thanks to the Record Courier and carsonvalleytimes.com for helping to get the word out, to Carson Valley Inn for providing the announcers’ stage and to Accolades Trophies, who will be providing plaques for those entries selected by the judges as this year’s best.

Speaking of judges, Mike Olson, George Swetland and Ursula Prebezac did that difficult job this year, with the able assistance of Sheila Byington. A very special thank you to Bill Driscoll, who filled in remarkably well at the last moment as a plump, bearded bringer of joy from the North Pole and Borges Sleigh Rides for providing his ride.

Thanks to all of those who took their time to create a float; we had 44 this year, the most anyone can remember. All were winners, but the judges selected the Active 20-30 Club #85/Sierra Nevada Active 20-30 Club #730, Girl Scout Troop 331/Sagebrush Plumbing, GE Oil and Gas, the Town of Gardnerville and Guild Mortgage as the best of the best this year.

For the businesses along the parade route, thanks for your hospitality to the spectators, we hope you all had a great party. And most of all, thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the evening and cheered on the parade. The Parade of Lights has become one of the Valley’s favorite events because the community comes out each year to support it. Thanks to each and every one of you, and we look forward to bringing you the 20th Annual Carson Valley Parade of Lights in December 2015!