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Mineral County’s ‘Cecil the Serpent’ lines up for his Nevada Day parade grand entry last month. It was announced this week that Hawthorne’s mascot won the best overall entry award.

Taking center stage at this year’s Nevada Day parade, Cecil took the best overall parade entry.

The Nevada Day Committee released the name of the winners last week stating that one of the many challenges the committee faces is judging the parade entries, in both group and category as well as the overall, president, parade director and people’s choice awards.

“The reason for the difficulty is simple: every parade entry brings their own unique style of artistic expression when it comes to portraying whatever they are truly passionate about, and therefore how do you judge one over the other?” the committee explained.

Here is the list of the 2019 Nevada Day parade winners: Best Overall parade Entry – Cecil the Serpent; President’s Award – Tumbleweeds Gymnastics; Parade Director’s Award – Domestic Violence Awareness float; People’s Choice – Controlled Burn and USS Nevada Burning Man; Best Float – Coldwell Banker Select; Best Vehicle Group – Thursday Night Cruise; Best Equestrian Group – Perelas de Nevada and Dancing Horses; Best Walking Group – Snowshoe Thompson Chapter 1827 E Clampus Vitus and Great Basin Alliance of Clampers and Best General marching Group – Devil Mountain Brigade.

The gentle but oversized serpent has went into hibernation until the weather warms back up and he can celebrate the 70th anniversary of Armed Forces Day with his fans.