Las Vegas Sun

July 1, 2015

Henderson celebrates its heritage with parade and festival


Kyle B. Hansen

Members of the Basic High School Marching Band play Saturday during the Henderson Heritage Parade.

Henderson Heritage Parade

UNLV basketball coach Lon Kruger waves to spectators while serving as the grand marshal of the Henderson Heritage Parade. Launch slideshow »

Hundreds of people lined Water Street in downtown Henderson on Saturday for the city’s annual Heritage Parade and Festival.

Sandra and Gordon Kunaschk sat in folding lawn chairs in front of the Eldorado Casino to watch as more than 70 groups took nearly two hours to walk the one-mile parade route.

“We’re Henderson residents, and we love coming to the parade,” Gordon Kunaschk said.

The couple has been coming to the parade since they first learned about it shortly after moving to Henderson 14 years ago, he said.

“It’s a real hometown parade; it’s not a commercial thing,” Sandra Kunaschk said.

Participants in parade included politicians, local businesses and community groups.

“I love the high school marching bands and the expressions on the little kids’ faces when they see things,” Gordon Kunaschk said.

Two of the children watching the parade belonged to Billy and Tiffany Spielberg.

The family recently moved to Las Vegas from Henderson but returned for the parade with 1-year-old Madden and Marley, 4.

“We came for the kids, but we grew up in Henderson. We love the parade,” Tiffany Spielberg said.

Madden got especially excited whenever a marching band went by and would dance to the music.

The parade started with UNLV basketball coach Lon Kruger, who was the parade’s grand marshal, and was followed by Mayor Andy Hafen, who rode on top of a fire engine.

Melanie Lehoux said she was going to check out the food and entertainment as well as the car show, but the parade was the main draw.

“I grew up in Henderson. It’s something we always come and do,” Lehoux said. “It’s a tradition; it’s fun.”

The parade is scheduled to be rebroadcast on Cox Channel 96 at 3 p.m. April 24, 8 a.m. April 26, 3 p.m. May 1, 11 a.m. May 4, 8 p.m. May 7 and 2 p.m. May 10. It will also be available On Demand beginning April 26.

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  1. For 38 years I have lived all around the greater Las Vegas valley as well as Boulder City. With my many community involvements, I have led groups in every parade in Clark County from the Martin Luther King parade in downtown Las Vegas to the Boulder City Christmas parade. As a current resident of Tuscany Village in Henderson, Saturday was the first time in over 10 years that I have had the experience of participating in the Henderson Heritage parade. It is still my favorite and remains the most organized parade of my recollection. Our multi-generational entry, "Chocolate Energy" gave tribute to the solid tradition of the Mars family for their grandfather's original creation of the M & M while interpreting my mission on fitness for all ages. Once again, Henderson event planners put on a fun, exciting event for both the spectators and those of us participating. There were smiling faces and waving hands in the air from locals of all ages. I'm just glad that Cox will be rebroadcasting this so I can see it a few more times. Extra thanks go to Annette Mullins at City of Henderson Cultural Arts for the huge project of coordinating such a terrific community event.

  2. Here is our video clip on YouTube in case you didn't get to see us at the parade! Lots of smiles, cute kids and happy people...

  3. Access our video clip on YouTube in case you didn't get to see us at the parade! Lots of smiles, cute kids and happy people...

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