Big turnout expected for Nevada Day |

Big turnout expected for Nevada Day

by Susie Vasquez

Cool and possibly stormy weather isn’t expected to deter attendees of the Nevada Day Parade, said Candy Duncan, executive director of the Carson City Convention and Visitors Authority.

“If we don’t have a blizzard, this will be the best ever Nevada Day,” she said. “It might be cold, but so what? Nevadans can handle that.”

Few motel and hotel rooms are left, and she urged people to reserve now, she said.

“The Plaza Motel, Days Inn and Super 8 have a few rooms, but most of the properties along the parade route are sold out,” Duncan said. “This year, we’ve got fewer room vacancies, and we’re expecting better attendance. This Nevada Day should have a very positive impact on tourism.”

The Legislature’s decision a few years ago to make Nevada Day a three-day weekend, with the parade on Saturdays, allows more civic organizations and school bands to participate, Duncan said.

“The change also sets the foundation for making Nevada Day a major event, not just a small-town parade,” she said.

“A lot more events are happening around the celebration, and that makes it better,” she said. “This year, the world championship beard and mustache competition will be here, bringing Nevada Day worldwide publicity.

“No other state celebrates their admission day the way we do. This event has real potential,” she said. “If the community supports it, Nevada Day could be as big as ‘Hot August Nights.'”

Chris Rojo, bartender at the Carson Cigar Co. said this is his eighth Nevada Day. Over time, he’s learned how to handle the crowds.

“Nevada Day is a free-for all,” he said. “It’s a crazy party and a great time, with wild music and lots of alcohol flowing.”

Telegraph Square businesswoman Doreen Mack said she has no idea what the crowds will be like this year, but most of the shops will be open, at least until the crowd subsides. Local band Exit 22 will provide the music on Telegraph Square, and Mo & Sluggo’s is setting up a bar outside.

“Typically, the celebration is more of an adult day,” she said. “The stores usually stay open, according to the crowd. Most are small so they can fill up fast. It can get pretty hectic. Every year, business picks up more, so we’ll have a full staff,” she said.