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Sparks Holds Annual Holiday Parade, Tree Lighting this Weekend


Image: City of Sparks / Cornelius Photography

The City of Sparks is scheduled to light its Christmas tree during a ceremony from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Friday in Victorian Square, followed by a parade along Victorian Avenue from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

This year’s parade theme will put a “Battle Born” twist on the Christmas carol with “The Twelve Nevada Days of Christmas,” which will include floats representing each day (see lyrics below).

Also scheduled is a toy drive and community fair with information about how one can give back to their community this season.

Each parade entrant is judged for theme, originality, personality, and presentation. The judging categories are for best overall, business, vehicles, animals, community, costumed group, marching bands, and floats. Winners will be posted on the city’s Facebook page.

Spectator admission is free. For more information: http://cityofsparks.us/resources/resource/hometowne-christmas/

Image: City of Sparks


On the twelfth day of Christmas, the Silver State gave to me:
Twelve battle born flags flying
Eleven Fremont cannons blasting
Ten feet of snow a-falling
Nine neon lights a-lighting
Eight trains a-railing
Seven lakes a-swimming
Six zephyrs blowing
Five golden nuggets
Four calling blue birds
Three picon punches
Two tumbleweeds
And a chukar in a pinyon pine tree

Carla O'Day
Carla O'Day
Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla.