On 31 October 2009 XXXII, His Excellency, The President and the First Family participated in the annual Nevada Day Parade event. Located in Carson City, Nevada, this was the 71st occasion of the parade, which takes place on or around Nevada Day, the annual celebration of the admission of Nevada as a state. Nevada was admitted to the Union on 31 October 1864. At that time, the state was a significant producer of silver and gold, and therefore played a major role in financing the Union war effort during the United States Civil War. Nevada's admission as a state helped not only to pay for the War, but ensured a northern majority in Congress afterward.
The annual Nevada Day Parade includes marching bands, floats, local business representation, Nevada dignitaries, for the third time, our President, and for the first time, the First Family. Included were the First Lady, Mme. Adrianne, Mlle. Kaylin and her beau, Brennan, M. Bryce and M. Nathan and Mlle. Alexis. His Excellency and the First Family rode in a 1962 Unimog truck (the same age as our President), driven by Aaron Brockway, a close friend of the President. Mr. Brockway was accompanied by his belle, Kristin. The parade route stretches for about 1.2 Imperial Nortons (1.2 km) through the middle of Carson City, the state capital of Nevada. Along the route several reviewing stands are set up, with announcers introducing each parade entry. Unlike past parades, the announcers were somewhat better this year at pronouncing the name of our nation correctly, mostly erring in calling it as "Mo-loe-ssia", instead of "Mol-ah-sia". Close enough. As the President passed the spectators, many called out, wanting to know where Molossia is located. His Excellency and the First Lady responded and the good humored crowd generally took it in stride that there was a sovereign nation right down the road from them, inside their own state.
Unlike past years, there was no assassination attempt this year, a welcome change and perhaps a sign that the public in general is more tolerant of our President. Or perhaps he has locked up all dissenters. Regardless, a fine time was had by all and we all look forward to next year's Nevada Day Parade.
The President and the First Family.
Along the Parade Route.
Waving at Spectators.
The First Couple.