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Tips for Parking During Downtown 'Life is Beautiful' Festival

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LAS VEGAS -- Workers were busy Friday with last-minute preparations for the "Life Is Beautiful" festival. Roads quickly closed, fences went up and parking spaces have disappeared. 

While it might be a bit of inconvenience to those who are used to traveling downtown streets, not all people are upset about what the weekend-long event.

"I think part of the adventure is just following your nose and finding a stage and maybe discovering a band you've never heard of," said attendee Maren Gray.

Information on Road Closures for 'Life is Beautiful' festival

Gray said she doesn't mind walking. Which is good news because there's really no place for her to park beyond her downtown hotel, even if she wanted to.

"I think it's going to be such a fun, fun party!" she said.

Crews have closed down several main downtown streets and have eliminated dozens of downtown parking spots. Most public parking lots within the festival's "footprint" are closed as of Friday and will remain that way through the weekend.

Parking problems aside, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman told 8 News NOW the festival is a good thing for the community.

"I hope this is the first of many, many traditions ahead for 'Life is Beautiful," Goodman said. "It's going to reap millions for the downtown community."

However, that doesn't completely eliminate the chaos leading up to such a large event. Security is on nearly every corner directing traffic on the roads and streets.

One super fan is Arturo Adame, who has had a front row seat to the transformation for the festival. He's been on a street corner since Thursday waiting for gates to open.

"It's pretty chaotic. When I sat down here, I really didn't know if that was the entrance or not, but now I can see everything falling together."

Map of festival, road closures

On the positive side: the festival is doing more than causing congestion. Beautiful murals now fill the walls of vacant buildings and green make-shift parks have taken over empty lots.

If you are planning to visit the area over the next three days, here are some tips:

  • The main parking lot is at World Market Center
  • Parking passes guarantee you one spot
  • Free shuttles will take you, and anyone in your car, to the festival
  • Beginning Saturday, shuttles can pick people up on the Strip at Bally's, Caesar's Palace or Planet Hollywood, running every 15 to 20 minutes
Organizers say tickets are still available for purchase at the Box Office. For more information on the festival, click here.

 

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