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KCLV - City Scene

Recently, Esther Carter with the City of Las Vegas (and Helldorado's Parade Director) sat down with KCLV-TV, local channel 2, to talk about the upcoming 2014 Las Vegas Elks Helldorado Days. Reporter Chris Saldana goes in-depth to learn more about the exciting new developments of the event's 80th anniversary event as the great state of Nevada celebrates its 150th!

Have you seen us around?

Helldorado is excited to launch some of our latest creative spots!

Banner 1- Rodeo

Miss the Parade?

Did you miss the parade? Want to watch it again?

Due to high interest, our partner, Cox Communications, is rebroadcasting the Helldorado Parade on Channel 96 on the following days and times:

May 26 @ 2:30pm

May 29 @ 6:30pm

May 31 @ 4:00pm

June 1 @ 8:30am

June 2 @ 3:00pm

June 5 @ 3:00pm

June 7 @ 3:00pm

June 8 @ 10:30am

June 9 @ 6:00pm

June 12@ 8:00am

June 13 @ 2:00pm

June 15 @ 3:00pm

You can also watch the coverage online.


Beasley Radio PSA

Beasley Broadcasting Radio PSA

Helldorado parade director, Esther Carter and Helldorado rodeo executive producer, Lee Butts recently recorded a recurring PSA for the public affairs programs on the Beasley Broadcast network.  An in-depth interview also aired on March 16th on the follow stations and times: 

KVGS 107.9 FM 6:00 AM

KOAS 105.7 FM 6:30AM

KKLZ 96.3 FM 6:30AM

KDWN AM 720 11:00 PM 

KCYE 102.7 FM 11:30 PM

KCYE HD2 at 11:30PM 

Recording of the PSA and interview provided by the Beasley Broadcast Group.

Nevadan At work

Nevadan at Work: A cowboy at work in a neon city

Nevadan at Work-Lee Butts photoTwenty-plus year rodeo veteran and new Helldorado Rodeo executive director, Lee Butts, gets personal with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and discusses some new developments for the 2014 event. Butts shares his personal background and experience, some historical perspective and pioneers new territory for Las Vegas' longest running civic event.

Picture and article courtesy of Las Vegas Review-Journal - March 16, 2014. 

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."

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10 things I Learned at Helldorado Days

  1. 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.
  2. A group of tough guys on Harleys wearing matching leather vests can be imposing. When they’re passing out candy, not so much.

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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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