Couple keeps float tradition alive

Apr 10, 2014 1:31 AM

Gold Nugget Days in Paradise are only a couple weeks away and a local couple is continuing their tradition of building a float to show in the parade. The Hughes have been building parade floats on and off since 1989 and their designs have been getting bigger and more elaborate every year.

"I remember being really excited and just wiped out afterwards," said Dylan Hughes. Those are the memories he has after riding the floats that his grandparents built for the parade. After he got too old for it, the family took a break for a while until he had kids of his own. Dylan’s grandmother Dixie Hughes explains "he says 'okay grammy, so when are we going to start the tradition?' and that's all I had to hear and that's when we started with savannah."

Dixie started designing floats again and this time it was for her great granddaughter Savannah. In the past 3 years, they've won the contest for best float twice. “She's really excited about it. She loves doing it and she is a crowd pleaser. She waves her flag."

Dylan says he’s glad that his daughter can pick up right where he left off. "She gets excited every time she sees her costume or the float and I’m just as excited as she is when I’m walking down and taking pictures of her and video taking. Everyone that I know is saying 'hey, they look great' and you know it makes you proud."

Savannah is excited to have her little sister and dog join her in this year’s parade. "I’m going to pull her with Jager," she said.

Dylan hopes that this tradition will continue for generations to come."It's definitely something that we'll have to keep in the family and that their kids can do when they're ready."

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