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Thousands Expected for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade

Thousands Expected for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade

 

Final preparations are underway for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in downtown.

Thousands of people are expected to line the parade course along 4th Street. More than 145 parade entries have signed up including floats, marching bands, dancers and motorcades. The theme of this year’s parade is “Living the Dream: Rebuilding A 30-Year Pilgrimage- Our Nation Reaches the Mountaintop!”  

For the second year in a row, MGM Resorts International is sponsoring the parade. One of the Grand Marshals for the event is Phyllis A. James an Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at the gaming giant.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. Monday. It will begin at 4th Street head north to Ogden Avenue. It will disburse on 4th Street immediately north of Stewart Avenue.

Volunteer Opportunity for MLK Jr. Day

Volunteer Opportunity for MLK Jr. Day

 

United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center encourages Las Vegans to make a difference in the community and commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. with a “Day ON, not a Day OFF.”

The nonprofit is seeking volunteers to assist with clean up, landscaping and mural painting at City Impact Center, 950 E. Sahara Ave., from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16.

All attendees must register online in order to participate. Volunteers are asked to check in at the City Impact gymnasium at 8 a.m. and dress accordingly, as some projects may occur outdoors. Lunch will be provided. For more information and to sign up, please visit the event page.

Downtown Offers Tribute Entertainment for New Year's Eve

Downtown Offers Tribute Entertainment for New Year's Eve

 

Las Vegas Boulevard is not the only place to enjoy a party on New Year’s Eve. Downtown Las Vegas also hosts a huge party.

More than 30,000 people are expected to be at the annual party on Fremont Street. It is being called Tributepalooza because all of the live entertainment performing at the party will be tribute bands.

"These tribute bands that we have brought in from around the country and around the world, they are the best at paying homage and emulating performances, not only musically but visually, of the bands they're paying tribute to," Thomas Bruny from the Fremont Street Experience said.

The people who choose to ring in the New Year downtown say the party has a different feeling than the party on the Strip.

Magical Forest Extends Hours

Magical Forest Extends Hours

A popular holiday display will be extending its hours through the New Year. Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest will now be open through Saturday, January 7.

The cost of entry will be discounted to $5 starting Sunday. Parking at the holiday display is free. Visitors can purchase tickets in advance through magicalforest.org. The Magical Forest features elaborately decorated trees, a gingerbread house display, train rides, and this year, a miniature golf course. It is a major fundraiser for Opportunity Village, which provides services to intellectually disabled people in southern Nevada. 

Fremont Party Plans Announced

Fremont Party Plans Announced

The plans were announced Wednesday for the New Year’s Eve party at the Fremont Street Experience.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “TributePalooza.” The featured entertainment for the party downtown will be tribute bands including Steel Panther and Rock Sugar. There will also be tributes to AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, U2, Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, INXS, No Doubt, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Van Halen.

“It doesn’t get any better than celebrating New Year’s in Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World,” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said. “We offer the best entertainment, restaurants, shopping and hotels, and we also have the best New Year’s party whether you are on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip or downtown on Fabulous Fremont Street.”

Up to 2,000 Meals for Homeless, Needy to be Served Sunday

Up to 2,000 Meals for Homeless, Needy to be Served Sunday

 

A special Christmas dinner will be served Sunday afternoon for homeless and needy families in southern Nevada.

Sponsored by the Frank & Victoria Fertitta Foundation and the Dr. Elias & Jody Ghanem Charitable Foundation, in memory of Mr. Frank Fertitta, Jr. and Dr. Elias Ghanem, approximately 2,000 meals are expected to be served. The doors are open to anyone who would like to attend. More than 150 volunteers will serve the meals.

The Catholic Charities St. Vincent Lied Dining Facility has been serving meals to the community’s homeless and needy men, woman and children since 1965.

The dinner runs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Catholic Charities St. Vincent Lied Dining Facility, 1501 Las Vegas Blvd North.

Rescue Mission Toy Drive Needs Volunteers, Gifts

 

The Las Vegas Rescue Mission needs volunteers to help wrap toys for its annual Christmas gift drive, as well as donations for the effort.

In partnership with the USC Alumni Association of Las Vegas, the mission is accepting toys throughout the week. The toys can be dropped off at any Chase bank location or at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, 480 West Bonanza Road. The mission can arrange to pick up the toys if a company conducts a larger drive.

The groups need volunteers throughout the week to wrap all gifts prior to Saturday distribution event. If anyone is interested in assisting, please contact Bobby Thompson at uscbobby@yahoo.com for more information. 

The groups will be handing out toys to families in need at 8 a.m. Saturday.