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While the 30th Annual Mesquite Days began festivities and events on Thursday, May 1, the real fun began on Saturday as people descended to downtown Mesquite.

Those looking forward to seeing Mayor Mark Wier in his last appearance at the Mayor’s Breakfast resulted in deep disappointment as he was nowhere to be found. Several attendees to the breakfast said that they heard he was, instead, getting married.

His absence didn’t seem to hinder the participation or mood, however, as many people showed up to enjoy the annual breakfast sponsored by the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce with smiles.

All five councilmen were on hand, as were Cresent Hardy, Mesquite’s current Assemblyman who is running for Congress, Steven Horsford, who is running for re-election in Congress and several volunteers from the community and Chamber of Commerce.

There were a steady flow of crowds coming and going to the breakfast on the warm Saturday morning, moving on to enjoy the parade down the road a short time later. With temperatures projected to reach the mid to high 90’s, residents and visitors of Mesquite flocked to any available spots along W Mesquite Boulevard setting up chairs and umbrellas.

Highlights of the parade included the ever-prestigious leaders, the Virgin Valley Veterans Honor Guard, as well as over 30 other groups, businesses and individuals.

A new addition to the parade this year was the Mesquite Police Department’s Explorer team showing off their rollover vehicle, which they use for demonstrations at local schools and events.

Councilmen Kraig Hafen, Al Litman, Rich Green and George Rapson tossed new t-shirts to spectators, advertising the Mesquite Recreation Center’s new Synchronized Swim Team. Other parade participants also distributed the traditional candy and flyers that have been a staple of Mesquite’s parades for many years.

The Virgin Valley High School Marching Band, Cheerleaders and VVettes performed routines they have been practicing over the past few months.

Local dance studios showed off their moves and costumes, including On Beat Dance from the Recreation Center and Mesquite’s newest studio, Releve` Dance Studio. Many members of the Mesquite Toes Tap Team were also out in full force.

The Mesquite Showgirls were in high fashion with several men who appeared to be in the middle of a high-stakes poker game. Thankfully, everyone kept their head…

The Virgin Valley Heritage Museum will continue to show their collection of Mesquite’s history through the end of May at 35 W Mesquite Boulevard, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.