Long before Las Vegas became home to glitzy gambling joints and a steady stream of tourists, it was a tiny desert outpost. The city’s celebration of those Wild West roots returned to downtown last weekend.
Saturday’s 2017 Helldorado Days Parade stepped off at 10 a.m., and followed a roughly mile-long route between Gass and Stewart avenues.
Esther Reincke, the city’s special events coordinator, called Helldorado Days Las Vegas’ true community event. “Because it’s so transient here, it’s hard to keep that education going,” said Reincke, who has organized the parade since 2005.
The Las Vegas Elks’ Helldorado Days has roots that go back to the 1930s. The event took a hiatus in the late 1990s until 2005, when then-mayor Oscar Goodman pushed for its return in the city’s centennial year.
The parade had 88 entries, and was free to the public.