North Platte, Neb. — The dual designation assigned to this year’s NERASKAland DAYS Parade has earned it a live spot on television statewide. Viewers across the state will be able to watch the parade live on Gray Television’s network of local NBC Nebraska stations on June 17th.
Gray’s statewide News and Information Network includes four local NBC affiliates: KNEP in Scottsbluff, KNOP in North Platte, KSNB in Lincoln/Hastings, and WOWT in Omaha.
“We were so excited when we were awarded the NE150 Parade that we knew we wanted to share it with as many people as possible,” said NEBRASKAland DAYS Executive Director David Fudge. “We’re so grateful that our friends at Gray shared our vision.”
NE150 Executive Director Regan Anson is also excited about the
news. "Our goals for this historic celebration are to bridge communities, connect Nebraskans with one another and enhance state pride. A statewide broadcast of the Official Grande Parade accomplishes all three. We are thrilled by this news and can’t wait to be in North Platte this summer for one of NEBRASKAland Days’ biggest and best parades to date!”
Negotiations with Susan Ramsett, Vice President and General Manager of NBC Nebraska in Lincoln/Hastings and North Platte, began not long after the Parade received its NE150 designation.
“Our stations may be connected by technology – but they’re powered by great teamwork,” said Ramsett. “We’re excited to collaborate on a live broadcast that will feature talented staff from each of our stations.”
“Our stations are dedicated to serving Nebraska viewers, so this significant statewide event seemed like a perfect fit. We hope our live broadcast allows viewers all across the state to share in the celebration,” said Tregg White, Vice President and General Manager of NBC Nebraska-Scottsbluff.
Vic Richards, Vice President and General Manager of WOWT in Omaha adds, “We’re pulling out all the stops for this once in a lifetime event. In addition to some local celebrities, we are reaching out to our NBC network and syndication partners too for contributions. We’re all working together to make this an unforgettable broadcast worthy of Nebraska’s 150th Birthday!”
In anticipation of an increase in participants, the start time of this year’s parade has been moved up an hour to 12 p.m. on June 17, 2017. It will begin from its traditional 4th and Bryan location and proceed west on 4th Street until it reaches Dewey. The parade will then turn South on Dewey and continue until it reaches H street.
The entry form is now available at www.nebraskalanddays.com. Entries are due no later than June 2, 2017.