Everyone is invited to the 2022 Las Vegas Days Parade, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14. This free parade will head north on Fourth Street from Gass Avenue to Stewart Avenue. A free Las Vegas Days Festival is planned on Centennial Plaza following the parade; there will be no rodeo May 14.
How it works
Applications to submit an entry in the parade are due by May 8, 2022. Application may be made online. There is no fee to enter the parade; up to 100 total entries will be accepted. The Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial budget will supply additional entertainment as well as $500 prizes for the best marching band and the best historic Las Vegas-themed float. A committee will judge the parade entries during the parade and award prizes. See the map for parade route, parking locations and more.
An honor guard will lead the parade by walking before the vehicles. Then the mayor, with Elvis, will be the first to drive through, followed by Las Vegas City Council members and members of the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial.
Road closures start at 6 a.m. May 14. Roads will reopen by 3 p.m. Closures include Fourth Street from Las Vegas Boulevard to Stewart Avenue and all cross streets in between, Third Street from Charleston Boulevard to Gass Avenue and all side streets in between.
About the event
The theme of entries should reflect our heritage; the birthday of the city of Las Vegas; Vegas, then and now; and/or the traditions of Helldorado Days. May 15, 2022, is the 117th anniversary of the land auction in 1905, which marks the beginning of Las Vegas. Helldorado was created in 1935. Today, the parade is sponsored by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial.
The Las Vegas Days Parade, formerly known as Helldorado Parade, celebrates the city’s western roots and usually includes floats, high school marching bands, cowboys and cowgirls on horseback, car clubs, nonprofits and more. In past years, an independent panel of judges decided on the award winners for the best entry, most creative, best theme, best float, best equestrian entry, best car club or motorized vehicle, and best walking group. The parade was first held in 1935, and is sponsored by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial.