FREEMONT STREET

Not everyone gets to go the The Foundation Room at the top of the Mandalay Bay Casino And Resort, but if you know the right people it can be arranged. If you don't know anyone you can always pay the $5000 per year fee for the use of the bar. I suspect the money is more for the use of the private rooms associated with the bar. If you go, go at night.

The Foundation Room and the observation deck is in the center at the top of the building in the picture above.

Freemont Street is the old Las Vegas casino part of town, known as "Glitter Gulch", that I remember going to when I was a kid. In 1996 as part of a revitalization plan of the area the whole street, about four blocks in length, was covered with an electronic canopy display made up of 2,100,000 lights. This is the Freemont Street Experience.

Every hour during the evening all of the outside casino lights go off, the music blares, and the show begins. The display was originally made of a couple of million light bulbs, but in 2004 all of the bulbs were replaced by LEDs. It was a noticeable improvement. Not to mention it probably helped slow down the drainage of Lake Mead a bit.

Each hour's show has a different theme.

When the show is over all of the lights come back on and you make your way back down the street past the live bands and street vendors to La Bayou for another yard-long daiquiri. It's down there on the left somewhere. That's not me in the picture above. I don't know who he was, but it was nice of him to stand reasonably still while I took this picture.

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LAS VEGAS
HERE AND THERE
CAESARS PALACE
NORAH JONES
LAKE LAS VEGAS
FREEMONT STREET
THE STRATOSPHERE
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2005
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2018-03-03