Sparks 29th Annual Hometowne Christmas Celebration
Parade Winners Announced!
Over a thousand people and 100 entries packed into the staging areas off Pyramid and Victorian to line themselves up for the annual Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade. The event on Saturday December 5, in downtown Sparks was attended by an estimated crowd of 11,000.
During the parade, each parade entrant was judged for theme, originality, personality and presentation. The judging categories are: Best Over-all, Business, Vehicle Group, Animals Group, Community Group, Costumed Group, Marching Band, and Float.
Our Judges are the leaders of each of our partner groups:
Joseph Wyatt, Board Chair, Hot August Nights
Mike Wurm, CEO, Boys and Girls Club of the Truckee Meadows
Kyle Bateson, Sparks Church Lead Pastor, Living Stones Church
Vehicles: Summit Christian Church
Community: Amplified Entertainment
Marching Band: eNvision Performing Arts
Business: D&S Towing
Animal: Spanish Springs Washoe Rodeo Club
Float: Sparks Heritage Museum
Costume group: Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada
Best Overall: Thompson Garage Doors
Thompson Garage Doors won overall with the most points. They will have the opportunity to lead the parade in 2016.
Each of the winners will be recognized at a January City Council meeting.
About the Event
In 2015, the Hometowne Christmas event featured entertainment, photos with Santa, and arts and crafts. The theme was “All Aboard The Hometowne Express!” Parade goers enjoyed whistle stops, box cars, train engineers, and Santa bringing up the caboose. A special tree lighting ceremony was held the night before with everyone gathering around the tree as Mayor Martini turned on the glorious lights.
Thank you to the 2015 Hometowne Christmas sponsors: