Letter To The Editor: Thanks To All Who Made 21st Annual Parade Of Lights A Reality
On behalf of the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, we’d like to thank everyone involved in making the 21st Annual Parade of Lights another terrific event. This event requires a huge amount of effort on the part of a lot of organizations and people and at the top of the list are the Towns of Gardnerville and Minden, who devote significant amounts of staff time and energy to making the parade run and then take the time to prepare elaborate floats.
Without the full support of Sheriff Pierini and literally everyone at Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the parade simply does not happen. From Patrol to traffic control, Search & Rescue to SWAT, Mounted Posse to Citizens on Patrol, DARE, GREAT and all of the admin staff, they have our gratitude.
Douglas County staff, NHP and NDOT all take the time to make sure the parade is safe and our friends at Granite Construction donate all the needed signage.
Staging the parade is not the easiest thing in the world and Chamber Ambassadors Ted Thran and Joe Hooven proved they were up to the task.
The parade announcers; Drew Aguilar, Jessica Jensen, Paula Lochridge and Ken Miller add to the experience at both ends of the parade route, and this year judges Brent Holderman, Bobbi Thompson, Shannon Albert and Mike Olson had the unenviable job of selecting the Girl Scouts, COD Casino, the Town of Minden and the Mutant Car Misfits (you know, the stapler and friends) as their favorites.
Special thanks to outgoing County Commission Chairman Doug (and understanding wife Janice) Johnson for agreeing to serve as our Grand Marshall this year and to their friends, Jim and Valerie Frega for chauffeuring them in style in the BIG M, their 1956 Mercury convertible.
To Borges Sleigh rides, thanks for providing Santa’s ride in your always perfect style and we thank Frank Dressel for stepping in to make it all work.
As always, our biggest thanks go to the hundreds of our neighbors who take the time to create the amazing floats and to the thousands who bundle up and brave the cold to cheer and laugh and enjoy a special evening each year. We feel privileged to be a part of this extravaganza every December.