What Happened To The Fremont Street Performers In Downtown Las Vegas

What Happened To The Fremont Street Performers In Downtown Las Vegas



[Applause] Fremont Street was started in 1905 when Las Vegas was first founded it sees more than 19 million visitors a year and averages 25,000 people a day you'll see street performers throughout the Fremont pedestrian mall but almost always relegated to one of these circles on the ground this change has only been in effect for three years now and this has some mixed reaction but is it good for tourists or is it a fringe on their First Amendment rights street performers date all the way back to the antiquity and are still seen around the world in all major cultures before modern recording devices it wouldn't be that a comment for musicians to earn most of their income from performing on the street or busking in Vegas the bus scene has been a long tradition and is mostly harmless with people playing instruments and dressing up as popular characters but policymakers had concern over safety in Fremont Street was losing tourist interest due to the deteriorating steam and rise of crime with so many people congested in one small area it can become more difficult to keep safety and walking space clear from performers and guests from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. a performer must register for the lottery and win a place on the street there are 38 spots total and are given out in two hour blocks the system runs every night and people are given notice in the early morning whether they have a spot to perform when the ordinance was first enacted in 2015 it was met with some disdain so I'm calling the library system unfair and unconstitutional a lawsuit was brought against the city he argued that it was censoring his First Amendment right the district judge upheld the ordinance that the lottery system would be a benefit to the area and added if a space was available from 3:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. anyone would be able to use it there are other rules street performers must follow like how loud your speaker can play as well as the distance from entrances ATMs and other vendors but the most important rule for a busker is they may not charge for the service everything given must be a free will and at the discretion of the guests through tips and donations the system isn't perfect as performers feel the limited space can harm their chances of getting a spot and can cause fights over what space remains busking is a Vegas tradition that is here to stay even with the new regulation put on Fremont Street so for now if you have something to express sign up for the lottery program and go prefer you

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