SPARKS, NV - KOLO 8 News Now won the business category of entrants in this year's Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade.
The city reports even in the freezing cold, nearly a thousand people packed into the staging areas off Pyramid Way and Victorian Avenue Saturday, December 7. 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 parade was held with outside temperatures between 13 and 29 degrees after a snowfall of 3 to 5 inches. The city says 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, and will have the opportunity to lead the parade in 2014 and be invited to the VIP area.