Las Vegas New Year 2002"
LAS VEGAS -
Las Vegas celebrated a spectacular New Year's Eve fireworks show,
billed as "America's Party: Las Vegas New Year 2002.'' This year's
display, theme "A Star-Spangled New Year,'' served as a finale to
the destination's traditional special entertainment, events and
festivities that surround December 31.
on Dec. 31 a five-mile stretch of sky above of the Las Vegas Strip
transformed by a feat of pyrotechnic mastery. For seven minutes
and 11 seconds, the brilliant colors of "designer'' Grucci fireworks
with names like Comets, Plumes and Oscillating Flares will illuminate
the sky above the Las Vegas Strip, while a simultaneous exhibition
took place above the heads of revelers Downtown under the canopy
of the Fremont Street Experience. The thousands of fireworks in
the show leaped from several rooftop and ground locations. The astounding
visual display choreographed to a selection of songs that reflects
the energy and emotion of the Las Vegas-style celebration, broadcast
at street level by remote speakers and property public address systems.
visitors celebrated New Year's Eve in Las Vegas, generated tens
of millions of dollars in non-gaming revenue.
light up the sky over the Las Vegas Strip early Tuesday, Jan. 1,
2002, in Las Vegas as seen from the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino looking
north. The show cost more than $500,000 and featured fireworks launched
from 23 locations.
Las Vegas New Year 2002'' is co-produced by Fireworks By Grucci,
innovators in state-of-the-art pyrotechnic displays. The elaborate
show, which has been choreographed to music, took 4,096 hours to
set up and average 1,100 digital firing instructions per minute
on 32 computers. The red, white, blue, green and yellow-hued pyrotechnic
effects include designer shells from countries around the world
including Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan
and Spain. A special effect, the signature Grucci Golden Split Comets,
will also be featured.
and Firefighters Enhance Shrine
At New York-New York Hotel Casino
- The fence in front of the New
York-New York Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, which became
an impromptu shrine in the first weeks after the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks on the U.S., is becoming a larger, long-lasting
memorial to victims and a tribute to firefighters and police
flowers, flags and handwritten notes are being cleared away
to make room for T-shirts from fire departments across North
America, including some with messages remembering individual
New York firefighters and police officers. Some shirts are
left by firefighters that come to Las Vegas on pleasure trips,
but others are being mailed to the casino from across the
York-New York staff were surprised when T-shirts began
to arrive by mail several weeks ago.
didn't quite know to react when people started to do it, but
it was obviously a spontaneous public reaction and it was
very positive," says Micah Richins, vice president of hotel
operations. "It gave something to gather people together."
Maintenance workers have been hanging the shirts on the fence
and keeping up the memorial.
York-New York Hotel Casino might place the T-shirts on
permanent display inside the casino, perhaps as part of a
new memorial wall.