The 99th Carson Valley Days parade brought smiles and joy to the many that watched and participated in it. It is a special event that includes the youth of our community, local businesses, politicians, and assorted government agencies in a parade of community support and pride.
This year was as good as ever. Grand Marshal Jo Jo Townsell, local citizen and famous ex-football player, kicked it off. His parade ended when the beautiful convertible he was riding in broke down and was pushed to the end by the volleyball girls that were following him. True community team work.
We had Miss Nevada, Miss Douglas County, Congressman Dean Heller, Assemblyman James Settelmeyer, among others. In election years the list of politicians is extensive - they all make it to our little town to wave and shake hands.
Most floats throw candy or other fun things to the kids who scurry around gathering as much as they would on Halloween. The toothbrushes thrown by the dentists aren't a kid favorite, but the parents usually get out of their chairs to retrieve them much to the kids' chagrin.
Lights and sirens shine and scream their celebrity joy and set a nice tone. There are horses of all sizes and colors with riders of all persuasion - sheriff's posse, horse clubs, 4-H, etc. Local car, jeep, and service clubs have entries for everyone's enjoyment.
Many youth groups build floats so their participants can go down Main Street proudly displaying their affiliation. We are heavily involved with Pop Warner, and we were proud of our athletes and their parents and the float they built.
Carson Valley Days - a great way to kick off the summer. The whole town celebrates its differences and commonness - the beauty of our wonderful community. Plan on watching the Carson Valley Days parade sometime - it will remind you of all that is right in America. While you're here you can catch the rodeo Saturday night ... Americana is alive and well in the Carson Valley.