Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summerlin's 4th Of July Parade Celebrates 20 Years With Special Anniversary Event

Summerlin, Las Vegas 4th of July Patriotic ParadeThe valley’s largest independence day parade celebrates a milestone this year and promises to be the biggest and best parade in the event’s 20 year history. Joining Nevada’s 150th birthday celebration as an official part of the state’s year-long sesquicentennial jubilee, The Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade will feature more than 70 entries including traditional floats, exciting bands and performing groups, a variety of pop culture icons, kids’ favorite storybook and cartoon characters and more than 25 Macy’s-style giant inflatable balloons. Governor Brian Sandoval will again join the July 4 parade along with other state and local dignitaries. This year’s Grand Marshal is Colonel Brandon T. Snook, Commander 99th Surgical Operations Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base.

“This year more than 2,500 people will participate in the parade and more than 500 volunteers from dozens of local schools and community groups will help with parade operations,” said Lezlie Barnson-DeNardin, director of community relations for The Summerlin Council. The Council serves as the non-profit arm of the Summerlin Community Association and is dedicated to the social, educational and recreational enrichment of residents. “We always put our hearts into the production of this parade. Since this is a special anniversary year, we have even more exciting entries planned.”

To celebrate the parade’s history, The Council hosted a photo contest through the month of May. Judges selected a photo taken by Robert Kotchkowski in 2012 depicting a homemade bald eagle with automated wings as the contest winner. Kotchkowski now wins the opportunity to participate in the parade.

The governor will join a special 150th anniversary float also included this year, and organizers have added several new entries including a “Frozen” movie-themed float; a “My Little Pony” themed 25-foot tall cold air inflatable balloon; a “Jungle Book” themed entry featuring a 74-foot-long snake; and The Glamorous Miss Piggy Mascot.

“Every year we add new floats and balloons, but we are happy to announce that fan favorites including ‘An All Star Salute to the Military’ float, ‘Undersea Jubilee’ float, Danza Del Carrizo Native American performing group and Neon City Garrison costuming club decked out in Star Wars regalia will once again participate in the parade,” said Barnson-DeNardin.

More than 35,000 people are expected to attend the parade which is free and open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to bring water and wear sun screen and hats. The parade begins at 9 a.m. at the corner of Hillpointe Road and Hills Center Drive in The Trails village of Summerlin. Participants travel south on Hills Center Drive toward the Village Center Circle roundabout before heading west on Trailwood Drive, ending at The Trails Village Shopping Center. Title sponsors of the 2014 parade are Summerlin and The Howard Hughes Corporation, developer of Summerlin. QI Security Services is the premier sponsor. Other major sponsors include Downtown Summerlin, Children's Medical Center at Summerlin Hospital; Design Works Custom Painting, Inc.; Par 3 Landscape and Maintenance; Right Now Air; Station Casinos and City of Las Vegas Parks and Recreation. For more information visit

PHOTO CAPTION #1: Summerlin Sam, the community’s jackrabbit mascot, is a friendly staple to the annual 4th of July event. This year’s Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade celebrates its 20-year anniversary with fun new floats and surprises.

Patriotic Parade, Summerlin, Las Vegas

PHOTO CAPTION #2: Organizers of the annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade celebrated the parade’s 20-year anniversary with a photo contest. Robert Kotchkowski submitted this first place photo from 2012. See all of the photo contest entries at


About Summerlin:
Developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation, Summerlin began to take shape in 1990 and has ranked in the country’s top 10 best-selling master-planned communities for nearly two decades. Located along the western rim of the Las Vegas valley, Summerlin encompasses 22,500 acres with approximately 6,000 acres still remaining to accommodate future growth within the master plan. The community is currently home to more than 100,000 residents who enjoy an unparalleled list of amenities. These include more than 150 neighborhood and village parks, more than 150 completed miles of trails, 22 public and private schools, 14 houses of worship, nine golf courses, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks and dozens of actively selling floor plans. Homes are available in a variety of styles – from single-family homes to townhomes and condominiums– priced from the $300,000s to more than $1 million. Custom homesites in The Ridges are priced from the $300,000s. Luxury apartment homes offer monthly rents starting from the $800s. Visit for more information.

About The Howard Hughes Corporation®
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