The public is invited to enjoy the 2014 Las Vegas Helldorado Days celebration and rodeo, to be held downtown May 14-18 in Symphony Park. Helldorado rodeo and carnival grounds will be at 100 S. Grand Central Parkway, near The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The annual downtown Helldorado Parade will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17, and will last approximately 2.5 hours. The parade route heads north on Fourth Street from Gass to Ogden avenues. Parade entry applications are closed. The Helldorado Days celebration is an official event of the Nevada Sesquicentennial, the 150-year anniversary of Nevada’s entry to the Union.
Road closures for the parade will begin at noon May 17. Fourth Street will be closed between Clark and Las Vegas Boulevard. Bridger Avenue will be closed one block east and west of Fourth Street for bleachers and a mobile stage. Coolidge, Hoover and Gass avenues will close between Casino Center and Fourth Street by 2 p.m. Remaining side streets from Garces to Stewart avenues will close by 3 p.m. on both sides of Fourth Street. Fourth Street will be completed closed for the parade from Las Vegas Boulevard to Stewart Avenue beginning at 4 p.m. All roads should reopen to traffic by 9:30 p.m. See the map. For more information on the Helldorado Parade, call 702-229-6672.
Helldorado rodeo tickets can be purchased, and all event information can be found, at www.elkshelldorado.com.
Helldorado Days, an annual cowboy-themed outdoor festival celebrating Las Vegas’ tribute to the Wild West, has increased from four to five days this year, offering a nightly rodeo and carnival, exhibits and food; as well as a parade, Whiskerino contest, and other activities. Created in 1934 and produced by the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge No. 1468, the 80-year civic event has raised more than $4 million during its history to assist local children’s and veterans’ charities. Profits from this year’s Helldorado festivities will be donated to local organizations benefitting abused women and children, cancer research, and veterans.
The cornerstone of Helldorado Days has always been nightly rodeo action, featuring some of the top rodeo athletes in the world. This year, the Fiesta del Charro has been added to the Sunday events. A regional and traditional Mexican horsemanship event, the fiesta features competitors from south of the border with a style and flair that are new to Helldorado Days.
- Wednesday, May 14 - The Helldorado Rodeo featuring local talent will begin at 6:30 p.m. with carnival activities running from 5 p.m. to midnight. Don’t miss the mutton busting! A free concert begins at 9:30 p.m. by rising country star Lindsay Ell on Fremont Street at the Third Street Stage.
- Thursday, May 15 - Carnival activities run from 5 p.m. to midnight. Children’s events, including mutton busting, take place from 7 to 8 p.m. in the arena. This first night of PRCA rodeo action begins at 8 p.m. in the arena. The Rowdy Band plays in the Bar Tent all evening. Wear pink in support Cowboys For A Cure and those battling breast cancer! Ticket proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
- Friday, May 16 - Carnival activities run from 5 p.m. to midnight. The Whiskerino Contest (beard and facial hair competition) begins at 6 p.m. in the Pullman Grill at Main Street Station. Children’s events, including mutton busting, take place from 7 to 8 p.m. in the arena. PRCA rodeo action begins at 8 p.m. in the arena. The Rowdy Band plays in the Bar Tent all evening. Military members and veterans will be honored; active military members will receive complimentary tickets. The Elks will conduct a Hall of Fame presentation. Various vendors will offer military promotions.
- Saturday, May 17 - Carnival activities run from 5 p.m. to midnight. The free Helldorado Parade begins at 5 p.m. on Fourth Street, northbound from Gass to Ogden avenues. Children’s events, including mutton busting, take place from 7 to 8 p.m. in the arena. The final night of PRCA rodeo action begins at 8 p.m. in the arena. The Rowdy Band plays in the Bar Tent all evening. A celebration of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial is planned.
- Sunday, May 18 - Carnival activities and various exhibits and vendors are available from 2 to 8 p.m. Fiesta del Charro rodeo begins at 4 p.m.