Thanks to All!
On behalf of the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, thanks to all those who took part in the 2015 Parade of Lights. We seem to say it every year, but we think 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, Minden Main Street and the Town of Minden. In each of those organizations, dedicated 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 Marshalls, Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club #85. We hope you enjoyed your place of honor! There are many others who perform the tasks to make the parade happen. Ted Thran, Sheila Byington and Gina Macabales who helped get all the entries in order at the staging area and Announcers Lloyd Higuera and Ken Miller 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, to Carson Valley Signs for the Grand Marshall banner 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 Buffy Swetland did that difficult job this year. A very special thank you to Bill Driscoll, who has surely found his niche 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 51 entries this year, the most anyone can remember. All were winners, but the judges selected the Carson Valley Veterinary Hospital, the Girl Scouts, the 20-30 Club and the Town of Gardnerville, as the best of a great group 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 a lucky 21st Annual Carson Valley Parade of Lights in December 2016!