By Madison Schultz | Tuesday, June 29, 2021
IVCBA, First-ever Local Heroes Parade immediately followed by Washoe County Sheriff's Office ‘Meet and Greet’ Event

Just because the annual fireworks are canceled doesn’t mean Fourth of July in North Lake Tahoe is. With summer 2021 in full swing, the Independence Day celebrations are right around the corner; and several influential Incline Village organizations have come together to make for a memorable, first-ever ‘Local Heroes’ Parade celebration!

Incline Village and Crystal Bay Association, better known as IVCBA, along with the Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline decided to bring together the community by sponsoring the first-ever “Local Heroes” Fourth of July Parade. This parade highlights and recognizes all local heroes, acknowledging traditional American heroes such as fire fighters, veterans, and peace officers as well as local health care workers, educators, and essential service workers.

Parade spectators can expect an interactive and unforgettable parade experience, including appearances from influential community figures such as Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam, the honorable Judge Alan Tiras, General Manager of IVGID Indra Winquest, former Incline High School Principal Andrew Yoxsimer, and many more.

Other highlights of the parade include the Color Guard team, presented by Incline High School’s JROTC, Pet Network Humane Society’s rescue dogs, the Incline Storm Baseball Team, and a giant size duck on the Rotary Club of Incline Village’s parade float, promoting their annual Duck Drop happening in September. Spectators will also enjoy numerous classic cars, including convertibles supplied by the Mustang Car Club in Reno, to spotlight local veterans through the parade route.

The Local Heroes parade will travel down Incline Way and conclude at Sierra Nevada University, where another much-anticipated 4th of July festivity will take place. The Meet and Greet with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department will begin immediately following the parade at the college, where individuals will be able to meet local Washoe County officers and K9’s as well as check out unique programs that the Sheriff’s Department offers.

“We will be showing some of our capabilities when responding to critical incidents in our region,” Corey Solferino, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office upcoming Chief Captain said. “We will have representatives from our mounted unit, explosive ordinance disposal, SWAT, K9, and ‘Search and Rescue.’”

With the Washoe County Sheriffs Office’s involvement in this parade, they hope to reestablish their footprint in Incline Village with tactics such as increased staffing, leadership, traffic enforcement, and crime reduction strategies.

“As the new captain assigned to Incline in mid-July, I’m excited for the opportunity to meet community leaders, residents, and visitors,” Solferino said.

Solferino also noted that the WCSO will be onsite and available to the public community that’s spectating on the parade route as well for any questions, concerns; and ensures that the WCSO will be working towards keeping the community safe the entire holiday weekend.

The Local Heroes Parade will be an historical celebration that’ll bring all elements of the Incline Village and Crystal Bay community back together. This landmark event will also provide local businesses, organizations, and community members with exposure to others in the neighborhood, allowing for the creation of connections once again in the small mountain town.

IVCBA is the newly formed community and business association dedicated to supporting the nonprofits and the businesses in Incline Village Crystal Bay. Look for its SnapShot online newsletter and the Live. Work. Play. Quarterly Magazine. Go to IVCBA.org for more information and to join as a community supporter or business.