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Summerlin Parade Becomes July Fourth Tradition
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LAS VEGAS -- The Fourth of July festivities started early at the 19th annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval was there, along with more than 3,500 people who took part in the event.

The parade has become a tradition for so many local families.

Parade-goers braved the heat, quite a bit hotter this year than last year at the parade, but that didn't stop the crowds from coming out to support an event that's been going strong now for almost 20 years.

The parade is a family tradition for Steve Poggioni and his son, who started coming here since the event began back in 1994.

"He was like 5 or 6 (attending) the very first one," Poggioni said. "He's 25 now and he's here today. He loves it. He comes every year."

They are not alone. Other families also have come back year after year to capture the Independence Day memories, even with the temperatures soaring into the 100s at 9 a.m.

Like many others braving the heat along the parade route, the Griffiths came prepared.

"It's very hot out here," Marlo Griffiths said. "We brought tons of water, we brought sunscreen and hats to stay protected."

Staying cool is key when there was plenty to see at the parade. More than 70 entries and 2,500 people who took part featuring everything from floats, balloons and performers who wowed the crowds.

"The parade is really awesome," said Robert Gomez, who watched the parade. "They have lots of stuff they put into it. We love big air balloons. It's kind of like the Macy's Parade, where they walk around it. It's really good."

The parade is a salute to veterans and active military members.

"Our family is military," said Julie Meenan, who watched the parade. "I like to celebrate the Fourth of July. We like the fireworks, stuff like that."

Americans are happy to take in the festivities to celebrate the nation's 237th birthday in a community they call home.

"It's like a tradition," Poggioni said. "It really is."

Parade-goers included residents from Summerlin, Henderson, Southern Highlands and Boulder City.

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