Helldorado Days (Las Vegas)
- This is for the festival in Las Vegas. See Helldorado Days (Tombstone) for the festival in Arizona.
Helldorado Days is an annual cowboy themed festival that hosts a rodeo, parade and carnival that began in 1934. Helldorado is an annual event in Las Vegas, Nevada. The rodeo is a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) event.
Begun in 1934 by Clyde Zerby, the event was held annually until 1998 when the festival was suspended. It was resumed in 2005 for the City of Las Vegas' centennial celebration. The festival was originally created to draw people into Vegas as the workers who had been building Boulder Dam began leaving town.
Events like the parade and rodeo were not parts of the original festival but were added in later years. The first parade was in 1935, the naming of a Helldorado Queen began in 1936 with the first rodeo arriving in 1944.
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