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Life is Beautiful festival ready for Friday opening
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LAS VEGAS -- Last-minute preparation are underway as downtown gets ready to host the second annual Life is Beautiful festival.

Nearly 100,000 people are expected to make their way to the festival on Fremont Street and the surrounding area.

Stages are going up and performers are getting in last minute rehearsals. Several streets are already closed because of the festival which will last all weekend. Even more roads will be shutdown at midnight Thursday.

Organizers say they've been working with local businesses to help them prepare for a busy weekend.

"We try to make people happy. The reality is with anything you do you're going to have people push back. You're going to have people who aren't happy and sometimes it's because their businesses are impacted but we compensate them as we can," organizer Rehan Choudhry said.

“People were hesitant to walk down the street this morning, but all they have to do to ask at the gate and they're allowed to come in. It's been a little confusing but it's all working out great," general manager for The Market Ellyn Chantos said.

The Market just opened two weeks ago and they hope business from the festival makes up for some of the confusion Thursday.

Parking is another major issue. Organizers say park for free on the Strip. They will have shuttles running all weekend for free. For more information on parking, go to lifeisbeautiful.com.

They also recommend festival goers take public transportation.

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