Maybe you’ve done Pride before. Maybe you’ve even done Pride in the States. But until you’ve done Pride in Las Vegas, you haven’t really done Pride. Vegas may be the gambling capital of the world, but beneath the surface it’s also got lots more to offer, especially during the city’s Pride action — 20 to 22 October.
It all kicks off with the parade itself on Friday 20 October at 8pm and, if you head for Fremont Street — the second most famous strip in town — that’s where people smile the brightest and cheer the loudest! Sunset Park at Sunset Road is the place to enjoy more than 100 exhibits and special performances on the two stages at the Pride festival, which opens at noon on Saturday 21 October.
Of course, there are numerous gay bars and clubs to visit. If you’re into cowboys, try Badlands Saloon on Sahara Avenue. It attracts a slightly older crowd and is close to Hawk’s Gym and Entourage Bathhouse — need we say more?
For those of you into karaoke and dancing, head to Las Vegas Eagle on Tropicana Avenue. If you want free beer, all you have to do is visit on a Wednesday night — and be willing to strip down to your undies! Other bars include Bastille — the oldest in Vegas — on South 3rd Street, and Flex on Charleston Blvd, which is definitely one for the drag fans. If you’re just looking to party all night — literally, given that Vegas is famous for entertainment — head to Piranha nightclub on Paradise Road.
Vegas being Vegas, there are lots of great value places for food. We suggest you try the all-you-can-eat buffets at Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan, which will set you back about £22. You’ve also got The Buffet at The Wynn, where supper costs about £30. Both are situated on Las Vegas Blvd.
Stepping away from Pride for a moment, Las Vegas has theme parks such as the world-famous Wet ‘n’ Wild, with rides like Tornado, Rattler and Paradise Falls (they all live up to their names). Entrance costs about £23. There are also plenty of malls to keep even the most ardent shopper happy. Retail therapy never felt so good.
Where to stay?
Try staying at the MGM Grand Hotel with its amazing pools, spa and health club, interactive golf area and a wide choice of restaurants and bars. Or base yourself at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino which offers a range of spots to eat, from the upmarket Koi Japanese restaurant to Gordon Ramsay’s Burger and the Earl of Sandwich. It’s also the venue for great shows: time your visit right (and book in time) and you could be watching Britney: Piece of Me live!
Check out our Pride packages for some our curated packages that’ll let you get over to the States for all the festivities.