The 2021 Las Vegas Days Parade is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, at 10 a.m.
Everyone is invited to the 2021 Las Vegas Days Parade, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 15. This free event will head south on Third Street from Garces Avenue to Charleston Boulevard.
How it works
This will be a “reverse” parade where the bands, entries and entertainment will be stationary and the parade viewers will drive through. Third Street, with its new wider sidewalks and stage, will be used instead of the usual parade route on Fourth Street, which has narrower sidewalks.
Queuing of vehicles waiting to view the parade will be northbound on Fourth Street, starting at Garces and lining up to the south. Vehicles will turn left from Fourth Street to Garces, then left on Third Street.
See the map.
This event was held in Ohio and is the inspiration for our event.
There will be free goodie bags at the parade entrance for the first 500 vehicles.
An honor guard will lead the parade by walking before the vehicles. Then the mayor, with Elvis, will be the first to drive through, followed by Las Vegas City Council members on the Big Red firetruck, and members of the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial.
Viewers will be offered a scorecard and pencil at the beginning of the route so they can evaluate the entries; there will be a prize sponsored by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial for the best entry overall. Viewers will be the judges this year, so drivers will need a companion to do the scoring.
The parade is full and entry applications have closed.
Road closures start at 7 a.m. May 15. Roads will reopen at 2 p.m. Major closures: Third Street from Garces Avenue to Charleston Boulevard and all cross streets in between, plus a single lane closure on Fourth Street from Charleston Boulevard to Garces Avenue.
About the event
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 is the 116th anniversary of the land auction in 1905, which marks the beginning of Las Vegas. Helldorado was created in 1935. Today, the parade is sponsored by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial. Some additional entertainment will be supplied by the Commission budget, including stilt walkers, acrobats and honor guard.
Las Vegas Days (formerly known as Helldorado Days), an annual cowboy-themed event celebrating Las Vegas’ tribute to the Wild West, will offer two nights of rodeo at the Core Arena Friday-Saturday, Nov. 12-13. The Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial and the Plaza Hotel & Casino are sponsoring the rodeo; admission will be free. Click here for details and tickets.
The las vegas days parade, formerly known as Helldorado parade, celebrates the city’s western roots and 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, and best walking group. The parade was first held in 1935, and is sponsored by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial.