Thousands show their patriotism in Summerlin Parade

LAS VEGAS - Floats, giant balloons, and bands entertained thousands of people who showed up to see Summerlin's Patriotic Parade Monday morning.

More than 30,000 smiling faces packed the streets of Summerlin for the 22nd annual parade, turning it into a sea of red, white and blue. 

SLIDESHOW: Summerlin Parade draws thousands

8 News Now Anchors Sherry Swensk and Brian Loftus emceed the event.

The tradition of the Patriotic Parade is to honor veterans, active military members, and the community.  Dozens of colorful and creative floats greeted families and spectators from all over the valley.

"We come almost every year, said Kristen Knight, parade attendee.  "We love it."

Fan favorites include the Danza Del Carrizo Dancers, marching bands and inflatables.  Several new floats featuring popular movie characters such as Storm Troopers were major crowd-pleasers.

Two-thousand-five-hundred people and 600 volunteers worked and performed in triple digit heat to put on a good show.

"You want to show them that this is America; this is what we do, said Chris Knight.  "We come out; we support each other, and we support the community."

Floats honoring active military members, fallen soldiers and veterans, hit a deep chord for some.

"My grandson is a Marine, and he's overseas right now, so I'm thinking about him," said Sunnie Grigsby, has seen the parade over the last four years. 

One of the organizers told 8 News NOW the parade originated in the mid-90s with just a couple of bicycles.  However, since then it has gotten bigger and better every year.


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