Helldorado Days (Las Vegas)

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This is for the festival in Las Vegas. See Helldorado Days (Tombstone) for the festival in Arizona.

Helldorado Days is an annual festival that hosts a rodeo, parade and carnival that began in 1934. Helldorado is an annual event in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1][2] The rodeo is a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) event.[1]

The event is run by the Elks chapter as a fund raiser for local charities.[3]


Begun in 1934 by Clyde Zerby,[4] 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.[5] The festival was originally created to draw people into Las Vegas as the workers who had been building Boulder Dam began leaving.[6]

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,[7] the naming of a Helldorado Queen began in 1936[8] with the first rodeo arriving in 1944.[9]


  1. ^ a b "About Helldorado Days". Elks Helldorado Days. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  2. ^ "Las Vegas Helldorado Days". KNPR. 2009-05-14. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  3. ^ "Elks Clubs Helldorado Shootout golf tournament". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  4. ^ White, Ken (2005-05-09). "Raising Helldorado". Las Vegas Review-Journal . Retrieved May 14, 2009. 
  5. ^ Koch, Ed (2005-01-08). "A history of change". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  6. ^ Abowitz, Richard (2008-05-19). "The Movable Buffet: Dispatches from Las Vegas by Richard Abowitz". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  7. ^ "Annual Helldorado Parade In Downtown Las Vegas on Saturday May 17 7 PM". Uncle Jack’s Very Vintage Vegas. 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  8. ^ "Downtown Las Vegas - 1930's". earlyvegas.com. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  9. ^ Pope, Jeff (2009-05-14). "Helldorado Days brings out the Old West in downtown". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 

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