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News Release

City of Henderson Celebrates 60th Anniversary
Heritage Parade & Festival increases family fun with four-day carnival

February 26, 2013



Henderson, Nev. – The city of Henderson celebrates its 60th anniversary as part of the annual Heritage Parade & Festival, Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water Street, in the Water Street District. The day’s activities include a community breakfast with city council, entertainment, classic car show and parade. Admission is complimentary.

In honor of its 60th birthday celebration, the city has expanded the event, adding a carnival to the festivities. From Thursday, April 4-Sunday, April 7, families can enjoy a variety of rides and games, fit for all ages. Tickets and all-day wristbands can be purchased at the event during carnival hours.
“The 60th anniversary is very special,” said Jacob Snow, Henderson City Manager. “This is a great opportunity for the community to come together to celebrate the city’s birthday and remember the great heritage we enjoy in Henderson.”

The Heritage Parade & Festival officially kicks off with the Mayor & Council breakfast, Saturday, April 6 at 9 a.m. on the front lawn of the Henderson Convention Center. Open to the public, the casual affair allows residents to meet and speak with elected officials, including Mayor Hafen.

At the heart of it all is the Heritage Parade, scheduled to commence at 10 a.m. As one of the community’s oldest traditions, the grand procession features a diverse group of unique entries, each putting their own spin on this year’s parade theme, “Diamond Anniversary – Celebrating 60 Years.” The theme is a tribute to Henderson’s incorporation in 1953, as well as its rich six-decade history.

All parade entries will be judged based on three categories: incorporation of theme, creativity and overall appeal. Cash prizes will be awarded to floats for 1st ($1,000), 2nd ($750) and 3rd ($500) place, as well as $500 for the People’s Choice Award, which will be voted fans, via text message. All other categories will receive ribbons. Parade applications are still available at

Following the parade, Henderson’s 60th anniversary celebration continues with a festival of world cultures, complete with two stages of entertainment, demonstrations and cuisine, courtesy of the International Food & Folklife Association, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Henderson Events Plaza. Also, the classic car show cruises into the Water Street District, showcasing a number of hot rods, muscle cars and vintage beauties of yesteryears from 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

For more information, visit or call the city of Henderson Cultural Arts & Tourism Department at (702) 267-2171. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

The city of Henderson supports the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Advanced notice may be necessary to ensure that appropriate accommodations will be provided. For full telephone, use Relay Nevada by dialing 7-1-1.


About City of Henderson: Incorporated in 1953, Henderson is Nevada’s second largest city with nearly 270,000 residents. Henderson is a premier city, nationally recognized for its stunning parks, trails, master-planned communities, outstanding quality of life and patriotic past. Noted by President John F. Kennedy as a “city of destiny,” Henderson celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2013, a tribute to the city’s rich history and culture. Recognized as one of America’s Best Places to Live (MONEY: 2012, 2008, 2006), one of America’s Best Cities (Business Week), and the Second Safest City in America (Forbes), Henderson is a progressive and vibrant city committed to maintaining premier amenities and services for all who chose to live, learn, work and play in Henderson…a place to call home.

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