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Thousands expected to celebrate Chinese New Year in Vegas

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They are coming from as far away as China, Japan and Korea, according to the organizer of this year's Chinese New Year celebration on Fremont Street.

"We are down there because of our partnership with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA)," said Jan-Ie Low, executive director of Golden Catalyst, the company organizing the celebration.

This year, Low is hoping that up to 25,000 people will visit Fremont Street during the three-day event that begins Friday night.

Besides dragon dances and cultural foods, this year the event features a fun walk on Saturday morning and a three-day outdoor beauty pageant. All of that is expected to help draw more people to Fremont Street.

"We have beautiful pageant coaches and pageant directors and contestants. Without them there is no event," added Low.

The resort properties are also gearing up for the weekend. Many have decorated the casinos to celebrate "The Year of the Snake."

Casinos that FOX5 spoke to Thursday would not share what their expectations will be for the weekend and the LVCVA could not provide solid numbers as to how many people will visit Las Vegas for Chinese New Year.

As well as the foreign visitors, Low expects thousands more to drive in from neighboring states or fly in to take part in the Las Vegas celebration. 

Thousands more are either flying in from across North America or driving here from neighboring states to be part of the New Year's experience.

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