Some came to be exposed to dozens of potential voters.
Welcome to the Nevada Day Parade during an election year. The annual event brought incumbent and aspiring elected officials to Carson City on Saturday, giving the state‘s celebration a decidedly political twist.
Parade participants bore some resemblance to this year’s ballot: Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and her Republican opponent, Adam Laxalt, waved to spectators along the route. So does Republican gubernatorial candidate Joe Lombardo; Democratic Attorney General Aaron Ford and his Republican opponent Sigal Chattah; and Democratic Treasurer Zach Conine and his Republican rival, Michele Fiore, among others.
Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak had a float in the parade, but he didn’t participate due to security threats, a spokesman for the governor’s office said. Instead, Sisolak spent the afternoon showing the governor’s mansion in Carson City.
The festivities surrounding Nevada’s 158th birthday, which technically falls on Monday, coincided with the early voting period. Ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections, voters in Nevada are already casting their ballots by mail or voting in person.
The roughly four-hour parade, which slowly winds through downtown Carson City, gave political candidates another chance to connect with voters, but it also gave Nevadans a real glimpse of the men and women whose faces carry campaign direct mail, billboards and television commercials.
But the hype wasn’t entirely about politics. Similar to previous years, the Nevada Day celebration featured rock drill and beard contests, among other activities surrounding the parade. Prior to the event, Bobby Bean, Chairman of the Nevada Day Board of Directors, encouraged attendees to wear capes and costumes for the “Carnivál On The Comstock” theme.
“Carnivál represents colorful floats, lively music, it’s a reason to dress up and have fun!” Bean wrote in a press release announcing the theme earlier this year.
Photographer David Calvert captured the spirit of Nevada Day celebrations through his camera lens:
Correction (November 1, 2022, 12:35 p.m.): A photo caption for a photo featuring Attorney General Aaron Ford has been updated to correct who surrounded him.