The Helldorado parade was a lot of fun this year! Despite the fact it was 100+ degrees (always), everyone seemed to have a great time. Thanks to Doctor Lonnie Hammargren's generosity, Very Vintage Vegas and the Friends of Classic Las Vegas shared a float this year. Jack LeVine, Mary JOY Alderman, Pam Hartley, Jennie and Zane Donaldson and more came out to help walk and ride the parade route.
We were in the staging area with the Las Vegas High School Alumni Association (and supporters of the FCLV). They had a terrific float with the school mascot, the Wildcat. The Wildcat roared as well!
The Wildcat up close
The Las Vegas High School Alumni Association with their float
Judge Lloyd George (LVHS alumni) and the Wildcat
Much to our chagrin, Dr. Lonnie's truck broke down just before we reached the grandstands. Luckily, his mechanic came to our rescue. We got to see most of the parade go by while he worked on the problem. He was able to get us back up and running before the parade ended and we glided down 4th Street. We reached Fremont Street just as the fireworks went off.
Before heading over to the Carnival and Rodeo, we went to Don't Tell Mama's for a couple of drinks because after all that, we were hot and thirsty! There was a young woman at the mic singing songs from "Porgy and Bess" (it's always Karoke time at Mama's, it seems) and she was awesome!
It was great fun and we are already looking forward to next May!
The FCLV and VVV float with Mary JOY and Dr. Lonnie
and to celebrate our wonderful month celebrating Historical Preservation:
Do you know these men in the amazing Liberace Technicolor Dream Coat?
Thanks to Dave Williams for the Wildcat Float photos!
Thanks to Uncle Jack for the FCLV/VVV Float photos!
Thanks to Judy Dixon-Gabaldon for the Liberace coat photos!