THANKS TO ALL!
Once again, we are delighted to offer the opinion that this year’s Parade of Lights was the best ever. Some of it (like the weather) is pure luck but the rest requires a huge amount of effort on the part of a lot of organizations and people. Our first set of thank you’s goes out to the Towns of Gardnerville and Minden and their employees. They cover of a list of tasks longer than a seven year old’s Santa wish list and this year in particular they stepped up to some unexpected challenges and went above and beyond to make it all work.
Without the full support of Sheriff Pierini and literally everyone at Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the parade simply does not happen. From Patrol to traffic control, Search & Rescue to SWAT, Mounted Posse to Citizens on Patrol, DARE, GREAT and all of the admin staff, they have our gratitude.
Thanks to NDOT for making make sure the parade is safe for our thousands of spectators and to Ahern Rentals for use of their signage at the South end of town. Staging the parade is not the easiest thing in the world and Chamber Ambassador Ted Thran and volunteers Hayden Sneed and Brad Gonzales made sure we rolled on time and in order.
The parade announcers; Drew Aguilar, Jessica Jensen, Lloyd Higuera and Ken Miller add to the experience at both ends of the parade route, and this year judges Brent Holderman and Ursula Prebezac had the unenviable job of selecting the best floats and they chose Girl Scout Troop 371, the Men and Women of the 20-30 Club, the Town of Minden, Joe Benigno’s Tree Service and the Mutant Car Misfits as the best in their categories. They will receive plaques noting their success courtesy of Monique Reno and Accolades. Thanks to Carson Valley Inn for providing the stage in Minden and to Curt and his gang at COD Casino for working with us when we take up space on 4th Street.
We were thrilled to honor long time Record Courier Editor Kurt Hildebrand as Grand Marshall this year, recognizing him for his decades of service to the community. And please stop spreading the rumor that Kurt’s first big interview was with Snowshoe Thompson. Thanks also to Bently Ranch boss Matt McKinney for providing the cool ranch truck and driving our Grand Marshall and to Mike Nelson at Grafx8 for the Grand Marshall banners.
Santa bore an amazing resemblance to local realtor Bill Driscoll and provided a terrific end to the parade for both the kids and the adults who act like kids when they see Santa Claus.
As always, our biggest thanks go to the hundreds of our neighbors who take the time to create the amazing floats and to the thousands who bundle up and brave the cold to cheer and laugh and enjoy a special evening each year. We feel privileged to be a part of this extravaganza every December.