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Mass shooting survivors marching in annual Helldorado Days parade

Parade happening Saturday
Posted: 5:58 AM, May 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-10 08:58:40-04

This year's annual Helldorado Days Parade will honor victims of the 1 October mass shooting. 

Families of the victims and first responders will march in Downtown Las Vegas. The parade takes place on Fourth Street between Gass and Stewart avenues and begins at 10 a.m. 

There will be approximately 100 entries in this year's parade including 10 high school marching bands, car clubs, motorcycle clubs, horse clubs, dance groups and performing Zelzah Shriner Flivvers. 

The Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial is offering a $500 prize to the best high school marching band performing in the parade. An independent panel of judges will decide on the winner. Judges also will award honors for the best entry, most creative, best theme, best float, best equestrian entry, best car club or motorized vehicle, and best walking group.

Every Las Vegas resident born on May 15, of any year, was also invited to march together with a banner in the Helldorado Parade as members of the 5/15 Club. The city of Las Vegas was founded May 15, 1905, when 110 acres in what would later become downtown were auctioned to ready buyers.

Helldorado Days, an annual cowboy-themed event celebrating Las Vegas’ tribute to the Wild West, offered a weekend of bull riding and rodeo with PBR’s Last Cowboy Standing and the all-new WCRA Rodeo Showdown at the Thomas & Mack Center May 4-6, as well as the parade this weekend. Created in 1934 by the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge No. 1468, the 84-year civic event has raised more than $4 million during its history to assist local children’s and veterans’ charities. The parade is sponsored by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial. For more information on the Helldorado Parade, call 702-229-6672.