The Summerlin Patriotic Parade media coverage over the years.

American Spirit on Full Display

In 1995–just four years after the first family moved into Summerlin–the Patriotic Parade was born of humble beginnings. The initial “parade” consisted of dozens of young Summerlin residents riding on bicycles or in small pull-wagons decorated with red, white, and blue streamers, accompanied by Uncle Sam on stilts. These young residents, dubbed the Patriotic Peddlers, traveled less than one-quarter-mile from the Summerlin Library to the Trails Park. A handful of community members served as crossing guards on Village Center Circle.

Although modest, the original Patriotic Parade had an unmistakable charm and provided Summerlin with an instant neighborhood connection. Despite being the early days of the community, it wasn’t hard to see the potential for the event. Within two years, the parade became motorized and included community-built floats, live performances, and an annual “Salute to the Military” tribute honoring the service men and women from Nellis Air Force Base.
And as Summerlin grew, so did the parade.

The early days of the Patriotic Parade was built largely of participants local to Summerlin, including families and elementary school class groups.
Throughout the years, floats in the Patriotic Parade grew more creative and ambitious as seen in this living photo album example.
The first Patriotic Peddlers traveled less than one-quarter-mile from the Summerlin Library to the Trails Park.

We March On

When in-person events were canceled in 2020 by the COVID-19 outbreak, event organizers, determined to maintain tradition and connect the community, transitioned the parade to a virtual format. Themed “We March On,” the streamed parade provided an innovative, safe and spirited way for Southern Nevada to honor America collectively—and was recognized with an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Special Events Coverage.

Children dance groups participating in the Patriotic Parade
Parade participants queue up on bicycles behind a stilt-walker dressed as Uncle Sam

A Return to Full-Scale Grandeur

Today, The Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade attracts more than 40,000 attendees. Recognized for its unique and dazzling parade displays that honor our country’s military and veteran heroes, the Parade showcases beloved and popular characters and themes from American history, pop culture, cartoons, books, movies, and sports. Each year, more than 2,500 people participate in the parade, and more than 500 volunteers from dozens of local schools and community groups volunteer their time to assist with event operations.

Now two years later, the parade is positioned to return to its full-scale grandeur. Although it’s a far cry from the decorated bicycles and wagons of the first informal parade in 1995, the Patriotic Parade hasn’t lost its community-based roots. This year and every year, the Patriotic Peddlers continue to decorate their bikes and cycle the parade route along with Uncle Sam on stilts. Just as it was in the beginning, their patriotic spirit and sense of adventure are the catalysts for all the splendor experienced in the parade today. So please make plans to join us at the 2022 Patriotic Parade, where we’ll come together to toast our great nation for the 28th time.

Happy birthday, America!

Float walkers toss confetti during the Summerlin Patriotic Parade

Highlights from Parades Past

Parade Sizzle Reel - 2019

Parade Sizzle Reel, 2019 (1:01)

Parade Sizzle Reel - 2020

Virtual Parade, 2020 (40:02)

Parade Sizzle Reel - 2021

Parade Sizzle Reel, 2021 (1:46)