Issue 69
January 2 - 7, 2002
Volume 2
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Las Vegas Hosted "America's Party: Las Vegas New Year 2002"

Visitors and Firefighters Enhance Shrine At New York-New York Hotel Casino

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Las Vegas Hosted
"America's Party:
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.

At midnight 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.

Over 282,000 visitors celebrated New Year's Eve in Las Vegas, generated tens of millions of dollars in non-gaming revenue.

Fireworks 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.

"America's Party: 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.

Visitors and Firefighters Enhance Shrine
At New York-New York Hotel Casino

LAS VEGAS - 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 officers.

Aging 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 country. New York-New York staff were surprised when T-shirts began to arrive by mail several weeks ago.

"We really 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.

New York-New York Hotel Casino might place the T-shirts on permanent display inside the casino, perhaps as part of a new memorial wall.

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