BOULDER CITY -- Boulder City kicked off its 65th annual Damboree with a parade Thursday morning.
Even with the rising temperatures, hundreds turned out for the Independence Day event.
Temperatures quickly rose into the 100s, but Joe Swanson said nothing was going to keep him from sharing this special moment with his 1-year-old daughter, Sophie.
"It's a little warm, but you find a shady area and it's a great parade," Swanson said.
The Boulder City parade is the oldest in Nevada.
This year, the parade featured entries with salutes to the U.S. military, others that highlighted local youth and some that inspired a little laugh.
Pamela Walters and her family live in Boulder City and have come to the celebration for years.
"It means everything," Walters said. "This is like small town America. I have been watching the parade since 1960."
Pamela's son, Brad Redelsperger, said he can't remember a year without the parade and said dressing up is part of the tradition.
"All throughout the year, we just put things together, keep them in a box and make sure that we have them ready for the Fourth of July," Redelsperger said.
He's even passing the spirit along to his kids.
"Every year my family has silly string confetti eggs," he said. "Me and my brother we loved it."
For their family and many others, the Damboree doesn't end with the parade.
When the parade wraps up, they go on to Broadbent Park and pay respect to those who have served during a flag presentation. All the festivities lead up to the main event, a dazzling firework show set for 9 p.m. Thursday.