Thousands of paradegoers arrived early Saturday to claim their spots along Highway 395 in Gardnerville.
For many families their spot on the parade route is as much a tradition as Carson Valley Days itself.
Doug McConnell and his group of 16 have watched the parade from the Sweetwater Car Wash parking lot for 13 years.
"It's like the kickoff to summer. I really enjoy the whole thing in general," he said. "My wife started bringing me here 13 years ago. She's been coming since she was a little girl."
His wife, Jenn, has many fond memories of her 34 Carson …