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April Fool! “Light Up Las Vegas” Car Parade Cancelled

Breaking News: In consideration of Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s most recent stay-at-home order, organizers have CANCELED the Light Up Las Vegas drive scheduled for this afternoon.  PLEASE STAY HOME.
The safety and health of our community remain paramount. Let’s all support the return of our beloved city’s tourism and hospitality industry by following the governor’s guidance during this critical time. Thank you to the entire Las Vegas community for all the support shown and be well.

Unfortunately, hundreds of tourism and hospitality workers did not drive in unison along the length of Las Vegas Boulevard, beginning near Town Square Las Vegas (new starting location is the parking lot of Entertainment Benefits Group (EBG) office at McCarran Sunset Business Park, 1421 E. Sunset Road, just a block east of the main Post Office) and concluding at Fremont Street. The goal? To show the world Las Vegas’ tourism industry will recover. The “Light Up Las Vegas” car parade will take place in compliance with recommended social distancing guidelines; participants will not exit their vehicles when they arrive at the parade’s starting point.

Cars were expected to begin arriving at 5 p.m. at the parking lot of Entertainment Benefits Group (EBG) office at McCarran Sunset Business Park, 1421 E. Sunset Road, just a block east of the main Post Office, with the procession scheduled to begin at approximately 5:15 p.m. With advance notice, drivers showcasing vehicles sporting tourism company logos are also welcome. To maintain an orderly procession, drivers are asked to drive in single file, occupying one lane of Las Vegas Boulevard only and are reminded to drive safely and observe all traffic signals. Substantial construction activities are underway on portions of Las Vegas Boulevard, which means the roadway may be down to one lane in certain areas anyway at Spring Mountain Road/Sands Avenue. Participants may wish to exit the drive at that intersection to avoid delays.

“Light Up Las Vegas” to Involve Hundreds of Cars Driving the Length of Las Vegas Strip Led by Balanceville Art Car with its Mobile Billboard Emblazoned with Messages Supporting Tourism 

Allison Raskansky, managing director of Best American Destinations, was the event organizer. She expected an estimated 300 cars to participate in the parade from Town Center to downtown Las Vegas along a currently deserted Las Vegas Blvd. (thanks to the quarantine/shut down). She wanted drivers to have their headlights on, and their radios to blare Viva Las Vegas. The car parade was to end when they arrived at Fremont Street, although there is no stopping point for the parade so that everyone can maintain their social distance. #LightUpLasVegas



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