By Madison Schultz | Wednesday, June 23, 2021
IVCBA and Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline will be hosting the first-ever 'Local Heroes' 4th of July Celebration Parade Sunday, July 3.

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 businesses have come together to create a jam-packed holiday weekend full of festivities for all to enjoy.

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.

Throughout the 4th of July holiday weekend, several other local organizations such as the North Lake Tahoe Fire Prevention District, the Incline Village Veterans Club, IVGID, Sierra Nevada University and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office are putting on events to keep the Independence Day celebrations happening all weekend long.

To preface the ‘Local Heroes’ parade, the NLTFPD will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast for the community, beginning at 8 a.m. Community members can fill up on freshly made pancakes, sausage, fruit, and some coffee before heading over to the parade route.

“With 2020 behind us, we look forward to re-engaging with our community with local events. The Local Heroes Parade and our Community Pancake Breakfast events are a great jump-start,” Ryan Sommers, NLTFPD Fire Chief said.

Longtime Incline Village restaurant, Sunshine Deli, is also prepped and ready for the upcoming holiday weekend crowds. Sunshine Deli is located off the parade route; however, individuals will be able walk to the deli from Incline Way for delicious made-to-order soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, and more prior to spectating the parade celebration, if needed.

Individuals and families can make their way over to the parade route that will begin on Incline Way to set up the perfect location to watch and enjoy the festivities. The parade will promptly begin at 10:15 a.m., and parade spectators can expect to see the Kids Bike Parade hosted by IVGID, as the lead-off group for the Local Heroes Parade.

The 2021 Local Heroes Parade Marshal is Jeff Poindexter, Incline Village Veterans Club President. Poindexter grew up in a military family and when he was of age, enrolled in the United States Airforce, serving for 22 years in the Intelligence Department building technology.

Now, Poindexter resides in Incline Village and is a realtor for Berkshire Hathaway, holding a Veteran Housing Certification, allowing him to better serve veterans who are looking to buy or sell in the area. He is the father of two young women and lives with his wife, Peggy.

Other local dignitaries that will be involved in the Local Heroes parade will include influential community figures such as Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam, the honorable Judge Alan Tiras, General Manager of IVGID Indra Winquest, and former Incline High School Principal Andrew Yoxsimer. These local Incline Village heroes will be featured throughout the parade on various floats and conveyances.

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 the next event 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 K9s 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.

The Local Heroes Parade will serve as a historical and eventful celebration to commemorate all heroes, big and small. The Incline Village community will be continuing celebrations into Sunday, beginning with the Firecracker Trail Trek 5K, happening at 8 a.m. on July 4.

This event will serve as a fundraiser for SNU’s Trail Running Team. Aside from fundraising, the race will also provide competitors with an early morning workout – making it the perfect way to start the holiday morning.

“The Firecracker is 75% trail running with one paved bike path section two-thirds of the way in,” JP Donovan, SNU Trail Running Coach said. “The course uses lots of twisty trails but waking up and doing the Firecracker [race] is the perfect way to amass an appetite for the Veteran’s Club Pancake Breakfast, happening the morning of 4th of July as well.”

Shortly following the race, the Veterans Club will be hosting their traditional Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. This Pancake Breakfast is open to all community members and the annual event has hosted up to 900 guests in previous years, making it an occasion that the community looks forward to every year.

“We serve Veterans Club members as well as individuals from all over town,” Poindexter said. “It’s a really enjoyable affair for a nominal price for a great breakfast and drinks.”

Individuals can purchase tickets for the Veterans Club Pancake Breakfast online, or in-person at arrival to the event.

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.

To sign your child up for the IVGID Kids Bike Parade, visit: http://bit.ly/Inclineparade2021

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.

The Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline is a very active service club dedicated to community service, particularly for our schools and youth groups. Meetings are held every Thursday morning at the Hyatt at 7 a.m. Contact President-elect Jeff Sheldon at patentpend@gmail.com for more information.