Downtown Las Vegas is the place to be for several big events this coming Friday.
"It's First Friday, it's another Burning Man, 18B (arts district) is going to be open with all of our galleries. We have the gay pride parade and over at Neonopolis we have Drink-n-Drag," said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman.
Among the five major events will be the Harvest Festival Craft Show at the Cashman Center and the musical Wicked at the Smith Center.
"It's one more reason to come and love downtown. We have been in growth mode for the past 13 years. We had a little dip with the economy, but we are coming back strong," Goodman added.
Metro police will not reveal the amount of officers that will be working during the events, but assure every problem will be handled accordingly.
"You have a lot of people who want help with things like, 'I can't find my car' and 'I've lost my child.' We spend a lot of time dealing with that. We spend a lot of time with underage drinking," said Lt. Jason Letkiewicz with Metro police.
To accommodate the large crowds, the city of Las Vegas will be closing several streets but insists there will be plenty of parking.
"At least 20,000 spaces will be available to the public, if not more, on Friday evening," said Brandy Standley, parking manager with the city of Las Vegas.
A big weekend also means big profit for local businesses the owners of which are looking to lift the Las Vegas name.
"Right now, Las Vegas is the No. 2 most (popular) travel destination for gays and lesbians in the United States, behind New York. I'm hoping to change that when KRAVE Massive opens," said Drink & Drag Owner Kelly Murphy.
The PRIDE parade will proceed along Fourth Street between Garces Avenue and Fremont Street. In order to accommodate the parade, several road closures will be in effect during the day. Beginning at 3 p.m., staging areas at Fourth Street and Bridger Avenue, Fourth Street and Casino Center Boulevard and Hoover Avenue and Gass Avenue will close to traffic.
You can expect Fourth Street to be closed between Charleston Boulevard and Stewart Avenue between 5 and 11 p.m.
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