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Oct 14, 2019

Las Vegas celebrates PRIDE in downtown

Downtown Las Vegas was packed with people lining the streets. Donning the colors of the rainbow, they celebrated pride.

Since 1983, Las Vegas has celebrated PRIDE through a series of events, including festivals, parades and more.

“Caesars Entertainment has a strong relationship with the LGBTQ community,” said Dallas Holmes, senior service operations manager, online gaming and EQUAL Chair at Caesars Entertainment.

Holmes said EQUAL, a Caesars Entertainment Business Impact Group for Caesars Entertainment, was asked to help expand the commitment to the LGBTQ community.

“When marriage equality passed, we had a same-sex wedding expo. EQUAL created the Caesars Reward Pride Card, we work closely with The Center in Las Vegas as well as AFAN, and we have been a part of Las Vegas PRIDE for years,” said Holmes.

This year, Las Vegas PRIDE marked the 50th anniversary of the Stone Wall Riots.

“Caesars Entertainment always has a float in the parade but this year, with it being the 50th, we wanted to the biggest thing we have ever done,” said Holmes.

Typically, Caesars Entertainment brings out horses, a chariot, Caesar, and Cleopatra, but this year the ruler of the Vanderpump Cocktail Garden ran the show. Lisa Vanderpump was the grand marshal of the parade and rode on the Caesars Entertainment float.

Members of EQUAL designed the float, and a company is carrying out the vision for the big day. The theme for the float is honoring the past and celebrating the future, explained Holmes. The float was filled with color and cheer. Lights dazzled around the Caesars Entertainment float that had a DJ, characters, and even a throne for Lisa Vanderpump.

“Every year, what takes me aback is the warm reception we receive from the crowd. Las Vegas has a real love for the LGBTQ community,” said Holmes. “It warms your heart when you get to see who the true allies are.”