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Las Vegas Days Rodeo & Helldorado Parade are coming up

20 March 2019

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Las Vegas Days (formerly known as Helldorado Days), an annual cowboy-themed event celebrating Las Vegas’ tribute to the Wild West, will offer two nights of rodeo at the all-new Core Arena Friday-Saturday, 10-11 May, as well as the annual Helldorado Parade 11 May. The Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial and the Plaza Hotel and Casino are sponsoring the rodeo, and admission will be free.

Celebrating its 85th year, the Las Vegas Days Rodeo is fully sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday-Saturday, 10-11 May. The rodeo will feature bull riding, barrel racing, team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding and bareback riding, with prize purses totaling $40,000 and custom belt buckles for the champions.

“It’s great to see the Las Vegas Days Rodeo hit 85 years,” PRCA CEO George Taylor said. “We are happy to again welcome Las Vegas Days to the PRCA’s fold of 650 rodeos.”

All community members are invited to submit entries in the Helldorado Parade at no charge – schools, local businesses, car clubs, equestrian groups, civic groups, nonprofits and more. The 2019 Helldorado Parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, 11 May, downtown on Fourth Street from Gass to Stewart avenues. An independent panel of judges will decide 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 theme of entries should reflect our western heritage; the birthday of the city of Las Vegas; Vegas, then and now; and/or the traditions of Helldorado Days. Submit your application to participate online no later than 19 April 2019.

There is no fee to enter the parade; high school marching bands will receive $1,000 for participating! High school groups that build and enter a float themed on western heritage or the birthday of Las Vegas will get $1,500, just for participating. Schools will be limited to two entries each. Helldorado was created in 1934 by the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge No. 1468. Today, the parade is sponsored by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial.

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