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Helldorado Days Still Going Strong
The city of Las Vegas has only been around since 1905.
When set against that framework, the Las Vegas Elks Helldorado Days seems downright remarkable.
Helldorado's most prominent characteristic, in fact, is "probably the fact that it's been around since the 1930s," said Esther Carter, parade producer and rodeo co-producer. "That's huge - for any city to have an event that long."
10 things I Learned at Helldorado Days
- There’s nothing like a parade to remind you how much of a small town Las Vegas really is. High school marching bands, banner-carrying community organizations, dancing groups, Shriners piloting mini-flivvers down the street … if the parade route didn’t cross Fremont Street, you might not know you’re in Vegas.
- A group of tough guys on Harleys wearing matching leather vests can be imposing. When they’re passing out candy, not so much.
Western Heritage Shines at Helldorado
Residents prepare to saddle up and take part in one of the longest traditions in the valley this weekend.
Helldorado Days, which dates to 1934, features a parade, rodeo and various other activities slated for Thursday to Sunday downtown. It's a festival rooted in Western heritage and tradition, from the opening rodeo night to the evening parade.
Duane LaDuke, Helldorado Days executive director, said the event holds something special for everyone, from military personnel to children.
"I'm pleased we're able to bring (Helldorado Days) back, especially for children now," LaDuke said. "I grew up with it, and it was always a lot of fun for me."
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