Nevada Day Parade Draws Thousands To Capitol

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(Photo by Todd Warshaw/Pool/Getty Images)

(Photo by Todd Warshaw/Pool/Getty Images)

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Thousands of people turned out Saturday to celebrate the 147th anniversary of Nevada’s statehood at the annual Nevada Day Parade in Carson City.

Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong says sunny, mild weather drew a crowd equal or better than last year’s estimated crowd of 15,000. He reported no major problems.

A group of Wall Street protesters wearing “99 Percent” shirts watched the parade outside the Capitol with other spectators.

The parade is the highlight of annual festivities celebrating the day in 1864 when President Abraham Lincoln signed Nevada’s declaration of statehood.

This year’s parade drew more than 200 entries and featured Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy as grand marshal. The parade’s theme was “The Great Outdoors.”

Friday is a state holiday, with all local and state governments closed.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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