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Miracle of light
by Tribune Staff
Dec 05, 2013 | 1182 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Sparks Hometowne Christmas tree was implanted Monday morning in preparation for Friday’s tree lighting ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. in downtown Sparks. The festivities continue Saturday with a craft fair, parade and more, celebrating Nevada’s 150th birthday.
The Sparks Hometowne Christmas tree was implanted Monday morning in preparation for Friday’s tree lighting ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. in downtown Sparks. The festivities continue Saturday with a craft fair, parade and more, celebrating Nevada’s 150th birthday.
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It may be a simple flick of a switch, but it’s a tradition that the city of Sparks looks forward to every year as it signals the kickoff of the Christmas season in the Rail City. The annual tree lighting ceremony for the Sparks Hometowne Christmas will begin at 6 p.m. in downtown Sparks near the amphitheater, and it is only the beginning of the festivities for the weekend.

Sparks Hometowne Christmas is capping a festive weekend, Saturday, with the 27th annual Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade with Grand Marshall Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki.

As the Silver State wraps up its 150th year of statehood, the theme of the parade is, “Celebrating 150 Years of Nevada Heritage.”

Rail City Casino is one of the local businesses that will have a float in the parade which runs from 1-3 p.m. The parade will travel east to west on Victorian Avenue from Pyramid Way to 16th street.

“As a proud member of the Sparks community, Rail City Casino is as excited as ever to take part in the Sparks Christmas Parade,” said Dave Foerschler, Vice President and General Manager of Rail City Casino. “As is our tradition, we will be presenting a favorite for all ages, the Santa float. Rail City (Casino) truly appreciates serving the people of Sparks and we look forward to celebrating the holidays … at this fantastic event.”

Saturday’s parade will also serve as a donation spot for the second annual City of Sparks Toy Drive. The drive is sponsored this year by John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Those who wish to donate to the Toy Drive, are asked to bring unwrapped toys to the parade or to any of the other donation destinations: John Ascuaga’s Nugget, all Walmart, Toys-R-Us and Babies-R-Us locations, the Toys-R-Us Express at Legends, Scheels at Legends, the Alf Sorensen Community Center on Baring Boulevard, the City of Sparks City Hall and Swire Coca Cola.

“The Mayor’s Own Marching Band” is one of the groups that will certainly make some noise Saturday afternoon. Composed of more than 250 students from area middle and high schools, the group is performing seasonal tunes, designed specifically for the parade.

Four judges will critique all parade participants for theme, originality, personality and presentation. The participants will be parading it out for the awards of Best Overall (new category), Business (new category), Vehicle group, Animals group, Community group, Costumed group, Marching band and float.
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