Helldorado Days, an annual cowboy-themed outdoor festival celebrating Las Vegas’ tribute to the Wild West, is returning to Las Vegas May 15.
The city of Las Vegas was founded May 15, 1905, when 110 acres in what would later become downtown were auctioned to ready buyers.
The annual event offers a daily rodeo and carnival, exhibits and food, as well as a parade, Whiskerino contest, and other activities. Created in 1934 and produced by the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge No. 1468, the 83-year civic event has raised more than $4 million during its history to assist local children’s and veterans’ charities. The parade and event are sponsored by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. May 13 downtown on Fourth Street and is expected to last two hours. The parade route heads north on Fourth Street from Gass to Stewart avenues.
The city of Las Vegas Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial is offering a $500 prize to the best high school marching band performing in the Helldorado Parade May 13.
An independent panel of judges will decide on the winner.
Every Las Vegas resident born on May 15, of any year, is invited to march together with a banner in the Helldorado Parade as members of the 5/15 Club. To participate in the parade as a 5/15 Club member, go to the online registration form and follow the directions.
There is no fee to enter the parade and high school marching bands will receive $1,000 for participating. High school groups that build and enter a float themed on western heritage or the birthday of Las Vegas will get $1,500, just for participating.
All community members are welcome to submit entries at no charge — local businesses, car clubs, equestrian groups, civic groups, nonprofits and more. See the application packet for rules and guidelines.
Submit your application to participate online or by fax or mail no later than April 20. For more information on the Helldorado Parade, call 702-229-6672.