Summerlin parade’s ‘Glitter Crew’ prepares for governor

Volunteers, including a “Glitter Crew,” have been hard at work preparing for the governor’s arrival Thursday.

Gov. Brian Sandoval and U.S. Sen. Dean Heller will lead the two-hour 19th annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade of about 70 floats, four cold-air inflatable balloons and about 20 helium balloons through the streets of Summerlin.

“The adoption of the Declaration of Independence 237 years ago is something to be honored. I am looking forward to celebrating at the Summerlin Fourth of July parade this year,” Sandoval said.

The parade will include bands and performing groups and a variety of storybook and cartoon characters.

Most of the floats are broken down and reconstructed each year by volunteers who use photos of the floats as a guide for reassembly.

About 24 volunteers have been working daily since June 21 in a tent at Trails Park to get the floats ready for the parade.

“We have a dedicated team of Summerlin residents who come out year after year to help the Summerlin Council staff put together an incredible parade,” Tom Warden, senior vice president of community and government relations for the Howard Hughes Corp.

“Each year floats are decorated, and volunteers spend hours making sure stars and stripes are perfectly placed,” Warden said.

“Their commitment to Summerlin and this event really shows because the parade just gets bigger and better every year.”

Tommy Porrello, a high school math teacher who helped the crew last year, and Jennifer Wright, a kindergarten teacher who has assisted the group for seven years, both volunteered again this year.

“We take the safety on everything seriously,” Wright said. “I was here the first year we started building our own floats. We’ve come so far from there. It’s been very interesting.”

Organizers warn that the parade route will have no water stations or vendors.

“Obviously it’s hot, but it’s hot every year, so please just use the standard hot summer precautions,” urged Adrienne Augustus, a public relations manager. “Bring lots of water, wear sunscreen and stay in the shade.”

The parade starts with an escort division at 8:30 a.m. and floats at 9 a.m. at the corner of Hillpointe Road and Hills Center Drive.

More information on the parade can be found at summerlin.com.

Contact Rochel Leah Goldblatt at rgoldblatt@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381.

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