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September 30, 2014

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Photos: From kilts to crop tops, how locals beat the heat at First Friday

Even with the midsummer night heat, locals didn't seem to mind crowding the streets of downtown for First Fridays on Aug. 3.

This month's "Art Beach"-themed event included performances by Planet Hollywood's "Surf the Musical," free painting classes and a makeshift beach with real sand amid galleries and craft booths.

As usual, Las Vegans young and old dressed for the occasion: Homemade denim cutoffs and vintage shirts were a popular, breezy look for those who wanted to keep things casual. Others, however, fully embraced the artsy oasis in the middle of the desert by sporting leis, sarongs, bikinis and, yes, even a kilt.

Here's a look at some of First Friday's most fashion-forward attendees and what they had to say about how they're beating the heat.

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    • This roving bachelorette party enjoyed shaved ice from the SnowOno truck to cool down an evening that was steamy in more ways than one.

    • When asked if he was dressed specifically for the occasion, this local fella said, "This has been more or less my everyday attire for the past two weeks."

    • These lovely ladies make a strong case for homemade cutoffs and breezy blouses as the summer sweet spot for style and comfort.

    • Some locals, like Stevie, don't just beat the heat -- they bring it.

    • This adorable pair said they were trying to keep cool with light clothing and "finding bottles of water that don't cost $4 a bottle!"

    • Armando stepped out in a kilt Friday night for both its style and function: "It definitely helps keep things breezy!"

    • Small accessories, like this bow-tie, are great ways to add a touch of style to simple summer outfits.

    • This couple stood out with looks that were both chic and casual, with cool personal touches like his hat and her headband.

    • This pair, in town for the International Hip Hop Dance Championships, said they were beating the heat with "cool drinks and the view at the topless pool at the hotel."

    • Great minds: These friends coincidentally showed up in the same beach-ready outfits, iced drinks in hand.

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