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New Year's Eve 2009

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    New Year's on Fremont

  • Metro officers arrest 173 during New Year’s

    January 5, 2010

    Metro Police made 173 arrests on New Year’s Eve, when more than 300,000 people are estimated to have visited the city.

  • Diana Martinez, at left, Stacy McCain and Natalie Sanchez, from Orange County, Calif., rock out to the tribute band Fan Halen during New Year's 2010 TributePalooza at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009.

    New Year’s party revs up on Fremont Street

    December 31, 2009

    The self-described “happiest mayor in the universe,” Las Vegas’ Oscar Goodman, saw a world of hurt in his city last year. Unemployment spiked. Tourism was down. The ripple of economic woes affecting America touched many in the city so dependent on tourism.

  • Continuing their New Year's Eve celebration, from left, Chase Smith, 19, of Las Vegas, Jordan Joni, 28, and David Tirdio, 28, of Spain, hoot and holler walking along the Las Vegas Strip at 7:30 a.m. New Year's Day.

    The morning after: NYE’s a never-ending party in Las Vegas

    January 1, 2010

    After a long night of New Year’s celebrations and shenanigans, residents and tourists were still partying on the Strip this morning. The smell of liquor and beer lingered in the air as cleanup crews tended to the littered sidewalks.

  • Dianna Gavin and her husband, Ryan Gavin, pose with their newborn daughter, Alexis, at the Mike O'Callaghan Federal Hospital Friday afternoon. Alexis was Nevada's first baby born in the New Year and 2010 decade.

    It’s a girl! Nevada’s first baby of 2010 born at Nellis Air Force Base

    January 1, 2010

    A family of three welcomed a new addition to the household this morning when Nevada’s first baby of the new year was born at 12:30 a.m. on Nellis Air Force Base. U.S. Army Capt. Ryan Gavin and his wife, Dianna, were aglow this afternoon as they held their daughter, Alexis LeAna Gavin.

  • Penn Jillette performs The Beatles' "Come Together" with the Lon Bronson All-Star Band at Green Valley Ranch on Thursday,  Jan. 29, 2009. For New Year's Eve 2009, Jillette said his resolution was "to vanish a cow dressed as an elephant surrounded by audience members live on stage at the Penn and Teller Theater."

    Las Vegas luminaries hoping for a brighter 2010

    January 1, 2010

    By almost any measure, 2009 was a rough year for Southern Nevada. And like many others in the Las Vegas Valley, notable residents are hoping to make changes in the new year, whether personally or professionally.

  • Blog: The Kats Report

    Felix Grucci: A man at the center of the New Year’s Eve pyrotechnic storm

    A total of $500,000 was spent to fire 96,000 blasts from the rooftops of seven Strip resorts for more than 300,000 people, making New Year's Eve in Las Vegas the nation's grandest spectacle.

  • Sun readers share their New Year’s resolutions

    January 6, 2010

    The Sun asked readers to tell us their New Year's resolutions heading into 2010. Those resolutions are listed below.

  • Police report no major incidents from New Year’s festivities

    January 1, 2010

    New Year’s Eve was busy as usual for law enforcement officers and emergency responders, but as of 2 a.m. there had been no reports of major incidents from police or fire officials.

  • Rapper 50 Cent hosted at Pure nightclub at Caesars Palace on New Year's Eve, performing a 45-minute set of some of his most popular songs.

    50 Cent worth every penny for clubbers at Pure

    January 1, 2010

    In nightlife, as in any industry, success often comes down to hiring the right person for the job.

  • Strip’s only gay nightclub rings in the new year

    January 1, 2010

    At a little after 1 a.m. on the first day of a new year in a new decade, dozens of celebrants walked — OK, some stumbled — down Harmon Avenue near Las Vegas Boulevard. The smoke from the fireworks long had cleared and the massive street party on the Strip was winding down.

  • Palms Spectacular Spectacular lives up to name

    January 1, 2010

    For the countdown to 2010, N9NE Group and the Palms Casino & Resort billed the festivities as a Spectacular Spectacular. Rightly so, as the property partied until the break of dawn with all four venues catering to a multitude of clubgoers and tastes.

  • Pyrotechnicians from Fireworks by Grucci, a company based in Long Island, New York, set up the fireworks for New Year's Eve on the roof of Treasure Island in Las Vegas Wednesday, December 30, 2009.

    Strip fireworks: 7 minutes, 96,000 aerial bursts, $500,000

    December 31, 2009

    The Black Eyed Peas won’t be the only ones bringing some “Boom Boom Pow” to the Las Vegas Strip on New Year’s Eve. So will Fireworks by Grucci. The 315,000 expected visitors to the Strip will be watching the largest fireworks show in the country at midnight, while the Black Eyed Peas perform at the Luxor. The celebration on the Strip, dubbed America’s Party, is presented by Las Vegas Events, a not-for-profit special events agency funded by hotel room taxes.

  • This was the scene at Rain Nightclub's 2008 New Year's Eve festivities around midnight. Things are sure to be equally exciting this year.

    New Year’s Eve celebration guide

    December 29, 2009

    New Year's Eve in Las Vegas is easily the biggest party weekend of the year. The clubs are pulling out all the stops with concerts, big-name DJs and a plethora of brand new venues eager to become your favorite destination of the coming year.

  • Fans cheer as The Original Kiss Army plays during Tribute Palooza, the 2008 New Year's Eve party at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas.

    Strip to be closed to cars for New Year’s Eve

    December 30, 2009

    Getting around Las Vegas will be a little more difficult than normal Thursday night as thousands of people descend on the city to ring in the new year, closing the Strip to vehicle traffic for the night.

  • Robbie Knievel jumps in front of the Mirage volcano on the Strip New Year's Eve 2008.

    New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas won’t break the bank

    December 30, 2009

    New Year’s Eve couldn’t come soon enough for Strip hotels. After taking a yearlong beating, offering rooms at prices that haven’t been as cheap for a decade, some Strip hotels are sold out for New Year’s Eve weekend at relatively jacked-up prices. The operative word: Relatively.

  • Photo Gallery: Christina Aguilera @Tao and Nicole Richie @Lavo

    January 1, 2010

    Christina took a break from filming her movie Burlesque in Hollywood for her brief Las Vegas visit with husband Jordan Bratman and ...

  • The Black Eyed Peas perform at LAX in the Luxor on New Year's Eve 2009.

    Photo Gallery: The Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent party with Prince, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    January 1, 2010

    The excitement began when The Black Eyed Peas stopped by Company Kitchen and Pub House at the Luxor for dinner before heading ...

  • Photo Gallery: Holly Madison rings in the New Year @Prive

    January 1, 2010

    The platinum blonde Peepshow princess was a vision in red as she counted down the final seconds of 2009 and welcomed ...

  • Adam Levine and his band Maroon 5 perform at The Pearl in the Palms on Dec. 31, 2009.

    Photo Gallery: Maroon 5, Kris Allen and balloons on NYE @Palms

    January 1, 2010

    Maroon 5 welcomed the New Year with thousands of their closest friends at The Pearl Concert Theater. Guests including Kirsten Dunst ...

  • Fireworks erupt over Planet Hollywood and the Strip on New Year's Eve 2009.

    Photo Gallery: Flawless fireworks show ushers in New Year and decade

    January 1, 2010

    Tens of thousands of revelers jammed the Strip and other prime viewing areas for the midnight pyrotechnics that welcomed in 2010. The ...

  • Eva Longoria Parker and Kim Kardashian at Beso and Eve on Dec. 30, 2009.

    Photo Gallery: Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria Parker on NYE Eve @Eve

    December 31, 2009

    For the two glamorous gal pals, New Year’s Eve was celebrated 24 hours earlier all for the benefit of TV cameras and Kim’s crazed travel ...

  • Andrea Lowell celebrates her wedding with a reception at The Playboy Club in the Palms on Dec. 30, 2009.

    Photo Gallery: Andrea Lowell’s wedding reception @The Playboy Club

    December 31, 2009

    “It really is the happiest day of my life,” the Playboy model and The Playboy Morning Show radio host told me last night. "I started to cry ...

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