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The state of Nevada was a swing state in the 2012 election, but remained blue with the election of President Barrack Obama. Las Vegas will give its residents and tourists a chance to celebrate the inauguration downtown, on the Strip and surrounding areas. Whether enjoying an all-American cocktail to toast the president, viewing the inauguration with others, celebrating with the family at a parade and festival or taking a photo with the “president,” Las Vegas knows how to throw a party and say congratulations.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
North on 4th St. to Ogden Ave.
(702) 498-5888

Date: January 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Rev. Marion Bennett and television personality Lillian McMorris are the grand marshals of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade to be held in downtown Las Vegas. Along with honoring Dr. King, the inauguration of America’s first African-American president for his second term will be part of the parade celebration. The themes for the parade will be An Excellent Creed for Dr. King and Living with a Purpose for President Barack Obama.

DreamFest Festival at Edmond Town Center
931 W. Owens Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89106
(702) 498-5888

Hours: January 21 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The DreamFest Festival is open to the community to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama with food, entertainment, games and children’s activities. Various Las Vegas entertainers, personalities and celebrities will be attending to celebrate the theme of Living with a Purpose for President Obama. Antique trucks will be on display and drill teams, both local and out of state, will be competing on stage. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

MGM Resorts including ARIA Resort, Monte Carlo, Crystals at CityCenter, MGM Grand
(702) 693-7120

MGM Resorts in Las Vegas will be offering cocktails and drinks at their properties on The Strip to celebrate the president’s inauguration with the Made in the U.S.A stamp of approval. Some choices include Sloe Gin Fizz at AMERICAN FISH by Michael Mina and American Absinthe at Sage in ARIA Resort & Casino. Monte Carlo will feature the Bubble Gum Mojito at The Pub, Bourbon Tasting at Andre’s and Blood & Sand at Hit Bar & Lounge to showcase American creativity as well as bourbon as the original American-made alcohol. Velvet Elvis at Todd English P.U.B. in Crystals at CityCenter represents the iconic American symbol Elvis Presley who made good like President Obama. Ghost Horse Wine at Todd Colicchio’s Craftsteak in MGM Grand comes from Tom Anderson’s vineyard in California.

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Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
3377 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
866) 841-3739

Celebrate inauguration day with a trip to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, located on the Las Vegas Strip at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. Visitors to the attraction are able to join a wax figure of President Obama in the Oval Office setting for a special photo opportunity in the attraction’s “Spirit of America” room. Wax figures of celebrity endorsers Eva Longoria and Leonardo DiCaprio are also available for a photo opportunity. Along with President Obama, history is honored with figures of past presidents.

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The Las Vegas Grille
7865 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89117
(702) 998-0719

The Las Vegas Grille will feature a special presidential inaugural viewing party with three flat-screen HD televisions, food and drink specials and a chance to mingle with other Las Vegans and comment on the inauguration. The restaurant also features a stage and microphone. Menu items include wood-roasted, smoked meats, various types of sausage and meatballs along with salads, pasta and chicken. Beer and wine are also available.

Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.