New Year’s Eve was a special night for locals and visitors out on the Las Vegas strip. The tragedy that unfolded at Mandalay Bay back in October made the ball-dropping an extra special moment for all involved. A total of eight firework displays took the sky at midnight to cap an unforgettable new year’s celebration in America’s playground.
More than an estimated 300,000 people packed the Vegas strip ready to watch the new year celebrations. And from midnight to 12:08 am, fireworks could be seen from nearly anywhere downtown. Whether the displays were shooting off behind the Venetian or Mandalay, patrons were treated to a breathtaking festivity. Plenty of poker and drink specials could be found at several casinos for those looking to stay inside for the celebrations.
Over on Fremont Street, the tone was a little different, but the party atmosphere remained intact. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodwin took the podium at the end of Fremont to address all the party-goers. Her brief speech highlighted the memorable year in Vegas history and a preview of things to come (like the NFL’s Oakland Raiders in 2020). Then a massive video screen recapped some of the city’s best moments of 2017. After the video concluded, a #VegasStrong chant erupted in the crowd. It was certainly a memorable time and the new year had yet to even strike.
The Mandalay Bay massacre that unfolded on October 1st had the city on heightened awareness. And the National Guard decided to double its presence to 300 just for that reason. The increased police presence was certainly noticeable to all locals and visitors that were on the strip on new year’s eve. For the most part, visitors felt safer than ever on the strip. All reports emerging after the festivities were positive, as only a few patrons were arrested – none due to violence.
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