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Summerlin to celebrate holiday with parade

The Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade will hold its Independence Day celebration today with a Fourth of July parade in the master-planned community. The escort division begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by the parade at 9 a.m. Those attending the parade are encouraged to arrive early, carpool, wear sunscreen and stay hydrated. The parade is free and open to the public.

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 toward the Village Center Circle roundabout before heading west on Trailwood Drive. The parade ends at the corner of Trailwood and Spring Gate Lane.

The 2010 parade will feature more than 60 entries including traditional floats, Macy’s-style giant helium balloons, bands, performing groups and kids’ storybook characters. New 2010 parade entries include Liberty Belle: A Showboat Celebration, Visions of Candy Land; A Tribute to Lady Liberty; Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Summer of the Shark. Traditional parade entries include All Star Salute to the Military, Spirit of 76, Undersea Jubilee, Let Freedom Sing and a 33-foot American eagle giant helium balloon. Serving as the 2010 grand marshal is Col. Steven Garland, Comm., 99th Air Base Wing, Nellis Air Force Base.

“The 2010 parade is anticipated to be our best parade yet,” said Lezlie Barnson-DeNardin, director of community relations for The Summerlin Council, the nonprofit arm of the Summerlin Community Association and coordinators of the annual parade.

“Every year gets bigger and better and this year is no exception. We have several fabulous new entries, plus our traditional favorites. We invite all valley residents to come to Summerlin today to be entertained and feel the patriotic spirit of our annual parade.”

Summerlin and The Howard Hughes Corp., developer of Summerlin, are the title sponsors of the 2010 Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade. Securitas is the elite sponsor. Other major sponsors include Cox Communications, Las Vegas Review-Journal/View Community Newspapers, Children’s Medical Center at Summerlin Hospital, Clear Channel, Las Vegas Color Graphics and Friendly Ford.

For more information on The Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade, call 341-5500.

Developed by The Howard Hughes Corp., an affiliate of General Growth Properties Inc., Summerlin began to take shape in 1990.

Located along the western rim of the Las Vegas Valley, Summerlin encompasses 22,500 acres with 7,500 still remaining to accommodate future growth within the master plan, including the community’s urban core of Summerlin Centre. There are more than 100,000 residents with access to amenities that include more than 150 neighborhood and village parks, more than 150 completed miles of the Summerlin trail system, nine golf courses, a dozen houses of worship, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks, 25 public and private schools.

Homes are available in a variety of styles — from single-family homes to townhomes, condominiums and lofts — priced from the mid-$200,000s to more than $2 million.

Custom-home sites in The Ridges are priced from the $500,000s. Luxury apartment homes offer monthly rents starting from the $800s.

For more information on Summerlin, call 791-4500, visit summerlin.com, become a fan at facebook.com/summerlin.

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