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60th Annual Gold Nugget Celebration Continues in Paradise

Hundreds gathered in Paradise on Saturday for the Gold Nugget Days Parade.

Posted: Apr 28, 2018 6:37 PM

Paradise, Calif. -- Hundreds gathered in Paradise on Saturday for the Gold Nugget Days Parade.

This year is the 60th annual Gold Nugget celebration. The festivities kicked-off on Thursday, including the crowning of the Gold Nugget Queen.

The festivities are a celebration of the town's rich gold mining history and commemorate when a 54-pound gold nugget was discovered there in 1859.

Action News Now spoke with a Paradise resident who has gone to the parade for years. She explained why it is so important for the town to maintain this tradition.

"It is a dying breed and Paradise is trying to keep it alive. The hometown parades are disappearing slowly, but surely and we've got a great community and most of us have been here for years and years," said Franny Andresen, a Paradise resident.

The first-ever Gold Nugget Days hoedown is set for Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Paradise Elks Lodge. 

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