The Helldorado Days Parade, also known as the Las Vegas Days Parade, is held in mid-May each year and celebrates the city’s western roots. The parade usually includes floats, high school marching bands, cowboys and cowgirls on horseback, car clubs, nonprofits and more. In past years, an independent panel of judges decided on the award winners for the best entry, most creative, best theme, best float, best equestrian entry, best car club or motorized vehicle, best marching band and best walking group. The parade was first held in 1935, and is sponsored by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial.
The 2023 parade will be held downtown Saturday, May 13, starting at 10 a.m. on Fourth Street between Gass and Stewart avenues. There is no fee to enter the parade. Apply here in English or here in Spanish, no later than April 30, 2023. See the map for parade route, staging areas and available parking lots.
The Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial is offering $1,000 for local school marching band entries and $1,500 for quality local school float entries, limit of two parade entries per school. There is space for a total of 100 entries. A committee will judge the entries during the parade and prizes will be awarded, including $500 for the best marching band and $500 for the best historic Las Vegas-themed float.
The theme of entries should reflect our heritage; the birthday of the city of Las Vegas; Vegas, then and now; and/or the traditions of Helldorado Days. May 15, 2023, will be the 118th anniversary of the land auction in 1905, which marks the beginning of Las Vegas. Helldorado Days was created in 1935. For more information on the Helldorado Days Parade, call 702.229.4859.