Thousands of people expected at Nevada Day Parade

CARSON CITY, Reno. (KOLO) - It’s the start of a three day weekend and thousands are expected to crowd the streets in Carson City for the Nevada Day parade.

This year Nevada celebrates 155 years of statehood. It also marks 81 years since the celebrations started at the capitol. This year’s theme is 'Nevada Counties 100 Years'. In 1919 Pershing county became Nevada’s 17th and final county.

The annual parade is the focal point of Nevada Day drawing in more than 200 entries this year. People will line the streets to watch law enforcement, bands, horses, and other groups celebrate.

Organizers said it’s a great weekend for Nevadans to celebrate its heritage. Nevada Day Parade Committee’s President Bobby Bean said, “This is a one of a kind parade, not very many states celebrate this like Nevada and it's just amazing, so many people come every year.”

This year you can watch a live broadcast of the parade from anywhere in the country. Organizers said it’s available on such platforms like Roku and Apple TV.

Nevada Day Inc.’s Executive Director Ken Hamilton said, “We are going to do this so people that can’t make the parade or used to live in Carson City or Nevada has moved away, they can see the parade that they used to go to as a kid or if they have loved ones or kids or cousins that might be in a band or might be in the parade they can see them.”

Also new this year, Hamilton said it teamed up with 'greenUP!' and introduced new recyclable steel Nevada Day cups. During the presale it sold out on 500 of its cups.

Hamilton said it will help reduce waste during Nevada Day celebrations. “We try our best, not only with our partner 'greenUP!' with the reusable cup. We also partner with Waste Management and they are providing recycle bins.”

He added, “It will be in certain locations down at the Curry and Telegraph area. That way we are trying to encourage people to please do not throw away your plastic cups or you plastic bottles or your plates or your styrofoam, I think we are just trying to get away from that completely, and your straws.”

Hamilton said he would like to continue the recyclable cups, he’s surprised it took off as well as it did. Those that have the cups will receive discounts on drinks.

According to Hamilton there's only 100 of the recyclable cups left. Organizers will sell them on the day of the parade.

For more information about the live broadcast of the parade you can click here.

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