We have our Easter shipment of See’s Candy now available in the Chamber office. Selling See’s is a Fundraiser for the Chamber, with proceeds going to help support Chamber events and our Visitor’s Center.
Office hours are Monday through Friday 9am-5pm, Saturdays 11am-4pm, and Sundays 11am-3pm.
Entries are now open for the Mardi Gras Parade!
The Mardi Gras Parade begins at 2 p.m. Sunday (March 6, 2011) and moves down Broad Street through the center of town. It is a rain or shine event. Merry spectators of all ages line the parade route while gaily masked societies parade through the historic district handing out beads, toys, trinkets, bangles and more. Everyone is encouraged to attend in festive Mardi Gras attire.
Download the Parade Application, or contact the Nevada City Chamber for more information at (530) 265-2692.
Local newspaper editor and publisher Jeff Ackerman has been named grand marshal of the 2011 Nevada City Mardi Gras Parade.
Ackerman, longtime publisher of The Union, will appear and be honored in the annual Mardi Gras Parade, which rolls down Broad Street beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 6.
“The Union does a lot for our community and has done a tremendous job in helping us promote our event,” said Larry Birdsong, chairman of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Mardi Gras Committee. “We’re proud to have Jeff be part of our parade.”
Ackerman’s career with The Union has come full circle. He served as a reporter with the paper in the 1980s and went on to earn several promotions with parent company Swift Newspapers, Inc. before being named to The Union’s top management position and returning to Grass Valley in 2002.
“Mardi Gras is always a fun event and I’m looking forward to having a great time,” said Ackerman. “I’m honored to be the grand marshal.”
Also being honored at this year’s celebration are 2011 Mardi Gras King and Queen Tim and Nancy Brown, who are longtime volunteer organizers and coordinators of the Mardi Gras Parade. “They’ve been at it for several years and they’re very enthusiastic,” said Birdsong.
Duke and Duchess of the 2011 Mardi Gras celebration are Carl “Big Daddy” Spotts and his wife, Jackie, who each year recruit large numbers of their fellow members of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club, Chapter 6 of Grass Valley, to prepare for and clean up after the Saturday night Masquerade Ball and Sunday parade.
Download the parade entry forms (entries are now open). For other information on Nevada City’s Mar. 5-6 Mardi Gras Celebration contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at (530) 265-2692.
NEVADA CITY – Gaily masked characters, pirates, Cajun cookin’ and midwinter fun come to the Sierra foothills Feb. 13-14 as Mardi Gras 2010 is celebrated with Old West style in historic Nevada City.
Nevada City’s main drag, Broad Street, becomes a West Coast Bourbon Street as merry spectators fill the downtown historic district for the annual Mardi Gras parade.
The Sunday afternoon Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) family parade moves down Broad Street beginning at 2 p.m. Colorfully masked and costumed characters and societies ride, march, dance and strut through an appreciative crowd, handing out beads, trinkets, bangles and more. Everyone is encouraged to wear their own festive Mardi Gras attire.
This year’s 18th annual celebration kicks off on Saturday night (Feb. 13) with the annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball in historic Miners Foundry at 325 Spring Street. The masquerade ball runs from 8 p.m. to midnight and features dancing to the live southern rock of the Holcomb Brothers Band. Traditional Cajun food will be available, including Cajun sausage sandwiches, chicken and sausage gumbo, Manuale prawns, southern style cole slaw, red beans and rice and bread pudding.
Masquerade ball tickets are only $10 in advance and (if available) $15 at the door. The event usually sells out so advance tickets are recommended. Contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 132 Main Street, call (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY.
Activities surrounding Sunday’s free family parade include a Mardi Gras Street Faire from 11- 4 p.m. Food, drink, craft and clothing vendors will set up booths on North Pine and Commercial streets, with plenty of room for families with children and baby strollers.
Nevada City is known for its classic small town spirit and lively community events. With a population of just 3,000, Nevada City swells to thousands more for the annual Mardi Gras celebration.
Visitors should plan to arrive early to get a good vantage point along the parade route. Out-of-town visitors should book local accommodations early.
Nevada City is located on the scenic western slope of the Sierra, midway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. From Sacramento, take eastbound Interstate 80 to Auburn and Highway 49 north to Nevada City. From Marysville and the north valley, take eastbound State Route 20. From Reno, take westbound I-80 and westbound State Route 20.
Sponsors of the 2010 event include KNCO News Talk Radio & Star 94 FM, The Grass Valley Union, Waste Management, SPD Supermarkets, Nevada City Winery, Nor Cal Beverage, Distributor of Budweiser & Bud Light; Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, brewer of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale; The National Hotel, McGee’s Annex, The Boozefighters Motorcycle Club, Charter 6 of Grass Valley, Larry and Glady Birdsong, Northern Queen Inn, Best Western Gold Country Inn, Bonanza Oriental Gifts and Auburn Printers.
A colorful parade in historic downtown Nevada City and the Sierra foothills’ largest aerial fireworks display top the 2018 Fourth of July celebration in Nevada County.
The parade will be Wednesday, July 4th at 11am which will include approx. 75 entries. The festive parade makes its way down Broad Street in downtown Nevada City. Parade-goers are advised to bring lawn chairs and arrive early to find a good vantage point.
The Nevada County Concert Band performs a curbside pre-parade concert an hour prior to the parade, and continues to provide intermittent music throughout the parade.
Following the parade is a traditional family celebration under the pines at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Live music and entertainment, craft fair, bounce houses, face painters , balloons, food and refreshments are offered. The fireworks spectacular blasts off at 9:30 p.m.
Fairgrounds gates open at 3 p.m. and entertainment begins at 4 p.m. 2017 Admission rates $10 in advance, $20 at the gate.
Discounted tickets available:
Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, 128 E. Main St. Grass Valley (530) 273-4667 & Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, 132 Main St. Nevada City (530) 265-2692
No alcohol, glass, pets, barbecues or personal fireworks may be brought onto the fairgrounds.
Nevada City and Grass Valley are located at the 2,500-foot elevation, off state routes 49 and 20, a one-hour drive northeast of Sacramento. From the capital city (60 miles), take eastbound Interstate 80 to Auburn and Highway 49 north. From Marysville (35 miles) and the north valley, take eastbound Highway 20. From Reno (80 miles), take westbound I-80 and westbound Highway 20.
The Nevada County Fourth of July celebration is co-sponsored by the Greater Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers of Commerce and the Grass Valley Downtown Association.
For information, call GV Chamber (530) 273-4667, (800) 655-4667 or NC Chamber (530) 265-2692, (800) 655-6569.
The 2010 Amgen Tour of California, America’s premier bicycling event, will start in historic downtown Nevada City on Sunday, May 16, 2010.
Seven-time Tour de France champion (and 2009 NC Classic winner) Lance Armstrong, defending Tour of California champion Levi Leipheimer and a host of top American and international cyclists will compete for the crown.
The Nevada City community is pulling together to host the best and most exciting start The Tour has ever seen. If you’d like to volunteer, call the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce office at 530-265-2692.