The Las Vegas Helldorado Days Celebration and Rodeo is one of the few places in town where Kevin Riordan’s Old Westian five-foot-long beard seems right at home.
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Most kids came with grocery bags. Those who forgot turned their hats and shirts into baskets for candy.
Las Vegas Elks Helldorado Days, which opened Wednesday and runs through Sunday, is at a new location this year, next to The Smith Center in downtown Las Vegas.
Helldorado Days, the city’s annual five-day tribute to its Wild West heritage, includes a parade that will close downtown streets Saturday.
Helldorado Days, Las Vegas’ longest- running civic event, announced Tuesday that its 2014 festivities will take place May 15-18 at a new location near The Smith Center, on Symphony Park Avenue and Grand Central Parkway.
Never underestimate the pull of cowboy culture.
The local lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has preserved the history of Southern Nevada while guiding the Helldorado celebration for nearly 80 years.
Let’s be honest: What hasn’t changed in the past 78 years? Everything from microwaves, smoke detectors and cellphones didn’t exist back then, and it’s likely that most of you were not even around when Helldorado was born. Times and technology have changed, but the spirit and history of Southern Nevada have never wavered.
The Las Vegas Helldorado event began in 1934, when Arizona carnival barker Clyde Zerby saw the opportunity to make a quick buck off workers at the Hoover Dam site and the thousands of visitors who flocked to see the immense construction project develop.
As Nevada prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary as the Battle Born State, we would be remiss not to remember that our own Las Vegas history is steeped in great tradition.
“Helldorado” is the namesake for a variety of brands including artwork, clothing lines, motorcycles, movies, cars, dozens of festivals and even a board and video game. The name might even be a household term, but where does it come from?
The mission of the Elks Lodge is to inculcate the principles of charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization; and to provide for its government.
The rodeo cowboy is an athlete unlike any other because of the risks and uncertainty of the rodeo circuit. Thousands of pounds of ornery muscle, hooves and horns are a foregone fact, yet a paycheck is never a sure thing. What other activity matches a human competitor with an animal possessing a far superior physical strength and a spirit to match that of his human rival?
Everyone loves a good parade.
Perhaps the most anticipated tradition of Helldorado Days is the Whiskerino contest, a beard and facial hair exhibition held since the event’s inception in 1934. Every year, dozens of men participate in a heralded display of manhood and personal grooming.
THURSDAY, MAY 16
The city of Las Vegas has only been around since 1905. When set against that framework, the Las Vegas Elks Helldorado Days seems downright remarkable. Helldorado's most prominent characteristic, in fact, is "probably the fact that it's been around...
Residents prepare to saddle up and take part in one of the longest traditions in the valley this weekend. Helldorado Days features a parade, rodeo and various other activities slated for Thursday to Sunday downtown.