LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The July heat did not stop Summerlin residents celebrating America’s birthday. Their annual America’s Birthday Party made a comeback after having to go virtual last year.
Longtime residents like Kathy Koch and Faith Gregory have been coming to the parade for years.
“I have never missed a parade,” Koch said.
“I love America. I am such a patriot, and I have grown up in Summerlin this is actually my 16th year at the Summerlin parade,” Gregory said.
Gregory’s love for the parade was evident in her outfit and her hair. She got blue highlights just for the occasion.
“I just wanted to celebrate America’s birthday, support all of our military and everything America stands for — freedom, independence and share a great birthday,” Gregory said.
This year’s parade had a shorter route but a huge turnout.
“However small it is I know I am going to love it,” Koch said.
Which surprised organizers.
“We really didn’t have an expectation. We just wanted to provide an event that we were proud of, and the community would enjoy,” said Tommy Porrell, member of the Summerlin Council.
Porrell says the parade almost did not happen because of the ongoing pandemic, but as soon as restrictions lifted on June 1, he said they took action to bring back a Summerlin tradition.
Organizers say they are just glad they were able to make the parade happen in such a short notice.
Our own Brian Loftus, Sherri Swensk, Mercedes Martinez and JC Fernandez even helped get the party started.