I recently visited Las Vegas from February 21-26, 2016 and stayed at the The D Downtown. More on that later. What I was amazed it was the Fremont Street Experience seems to be less people, but it was more likely a better flow of people.
Those of us who frequent downtown know how the street peddlers have multiplied over the years. From the guy playing his horns, a couple of rappers and a spray paint artist creating landscapes to MANY peddlers offering anyone an opportunity to take a picture with half naked nuns, Wonder Woman, Bumble Bee from the Transformers, a midget Mr. T and the cast of the Hangover to name a few. Not to mention the other singers, rappers, dancers, and musicians that began to crowd the streets. Trying to maneuver around all these people would be tiring and time consuming.
On this trip, I noticed that there are strategically spots on the ground that look like poker chips and the performers have to stay within these boundaries in order to ply their talents. I found out that as of November 16, 2015 a new city ordinance went into effect. The performers, or “buskers” as they are called, can register on line or at a booth near the Fremont Street and are randomly assigned one of the spots for 2 hour intervals.
Remember, they cannot charge or demand money for taking pictures with them. Any money you give them is strictly up to you.
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