The Mesquite Parade of Lights has always strived to bring the community together during the “Giving Season” and to help feed families during difficult times. Hundreds of volunteer hours are spent on ensuring the event runs smoothly and safely.

Residents have shown that regardless of the situation, they are ready and willing to come together to assist with whatever hardship their neighbors are facing.

With that in mind, Mesquite Resident Carol Saldivar has been chosen as this year’s Grand Marshal for the 5th Annual Mesquite Parade of Lights on December 5, 2019.

“This City is so giving,” said Saldivar, who moved to Mesquite in October 2016 from Detroit, Michigan with her husband of 22 years, Mikey. “It’s simply amazing how much people are willing to give back to their community to help each other. They are so friendly. That’s one of the reasons we moved here.”

Saldivar, a United States Air Force Veteran, has taken that valuable quality that makes Mesquite shine and has laid the foundation to help sustain it for many years to come.

Currently, Saldivar volunteers at the Mesquite Veterans Center several days per week when she isn’t acting as a Volunteer Coordinator and Vice President at the Mesquite Women’s Cultural Center or as the Secretary for the Mesquite Chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Between the three organizations, Saldivar puts in between 40 and 50 hours per week, both in the office and at home. That’s a schedule she has been sticking to for the past year or two as she continues to grow with her surroundings.

“It’s an honor to be chosen as this year’s Grand Marshal,” said Saldivar.

Prior to moving to Mesquite, Saldivar worked as a Jailor at Salt Lake County Sherriff’s Office for 22 years.

Saldivar will be escorted by the Over the Hill Gang Car Club at 5:30 p.m. on December 5, 2019 as the parade begins at Arrowhead Lane and Mesquite Boulevard. For more information about the event, check out the website at https://mesquiteparades.wixsite.com/parade or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mesquiteparadeoflights.