Summerlin to hold Fourth of July parade

More than a dozen new entries will debut in the 2012 Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade set for July 4 in The Trails village of Summerlin, bringing the total number of entries to more than 60.

An annual tradition for nearly 40,000 valley residents who attend each year, the parade is the largest Fourth of July parade in Southern Nevada in terms of attendance and entries.

New entries include five giant inflatables, an 18-foot animated motion Mario Kart float, the Desert Angeles gospel choir and six new children's characters, including Snoopy, Hello Kitty, Popeye, Pikachu, Bugs Bunny and Sylvester.

Making its national debut is a 15-foot-tall Lorax inflatable, which will be accompanied by a costumed mascot character riding in a convertible surrounded by a Truffula tree forest.

Other new inflatable entries include Boot Scoot Boogie, a 30-foot tall cowboy boot surrounded by line dancers; "Viva Las Vegas," a 20-foot tall Elvis with mini-Elvis walkers; a 12-foot tall Deathstar, which will accompany the popular 501st Stormtroopers; and a 10-foot tall Benjamin Franklin, which pays tribute to our founding fathers.

"These new additions comprise an all-star cast of beloved and popular characters that appeal to the kid in all of us," said Lezlie Barnson-DeNardin, director of community relations for The Summerlin Council, organizers of the annual parade. "They're a great addition to our parade line-up, which features a wide variety of entertaining and patriotic entries designed to excite attendees all ages."

Parade entries include traditional floats, Macy's-style giant helium balloons, bands and performing groups and a variety of kids' favorite storybook and cartoon characters.

Traditional entries include All Star Salute to the Military, Undersea Jubilee, A Tribute to Lady Liberty, Visions of Candyland, Spirit of '76 and Toy Story Mania.

The parade begins at the corner of Hillpointe Road and Hills Center Drive in The Trails village of Summerlin. Participants travel south on Hills Center Drive toward the Village Center Circle roundabout before heading west on Trailwood Drive. The parade ends at the corner of Trailwood Drive and Spring Gate Lane.

This year's parade will be emceed by KLAS, Channel 8 TV personality Sherry Swensk as well as Mercedes and Shawn Tempesta from radio station, Mix, 94.1 FM.

Title sponsors of the 2012 parade are Summerlin and The Howard Hughes Corp., developer of Summerlin. Quality Investigations Inc. is the premier sponsor.

For more information on The Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade, call 702-341-5500 or visit

Summerlin began to take shape in 1990. For the past two decades, national and regional studies have ranked it in the country's top 10 best-selling master-planned communities.

Located along the western rim of the Las Vegas Valley, Summerlin encompasses 22,500 acres with about 7,500 acres still remaining to accommodate future growth within the master plan. The community is home to nearly 100,000 residents.

Amenities include more than 150 neighborhood and village parks, more than 150 completed miles of the Summerlin Trail System, 26 public and private schools, 14 houses of worship, nine golf courses, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks and more than three dozen actively selling floor plans.

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