Las Vegas Strip and downtown goes purple for Spirit Day
October 19 is known as Spirit Day and the Las Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas are among those that will show their support by going purple.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- October 19 is known as Spirit Day and the Las Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas are among those that will show their support by going purple.
The Clark County Commission and the Las Vegas City Council will present GLADD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) President Herndon Graddick with a proclamation at 10 a.m. this morning at the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign on Las Vegas Boulevard South.
The sign will go purple today in support of Spirit Day.
And on the Strip, Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts international, Wynn Resorts, Tropicana Las Vegas and The Cosmopolitan will also turn their resort marquees purple along the Las Vegas Strip from 11 to 11:15 a.m. and then again from 10 to 10:15 p.m.
The Viva Vision canopy at the Fremont Street Experience will also go purple for Spirit Day at 10 p.m. and again at 11 p.m. A meet-up for teens and young adults, organized by the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, will also take place on Fremont Street.
Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan is hosting a special after-party with celebrity host NHL star Sean Avery. Guests attired in purple will be admitted free and there will be an open bar from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m.
CSI: The Experience at the MGM Grand will also support the third annual spirit day by offering two-for-one admission to guests that wear purple. The attraction is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the last entry at 8 p.m.
Other Las Vegas-area participants include Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA); Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN); Golden Rainbow; Hilton Garden Inn; Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce; Las Vegas Pride; Nevada State Senator David Parks; QVegas; and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).
In addition, the Human Rights Campaign has donated several hundred tee-shirts in recognition of Spirit Day, which will be distributed to LGBT youth through The Center and other ally organizations across the valley.
Spirit Day began with a Canadian teenager named Brittany McMillan in 2010. She called upon her friends to wear purple to show support for LGBT young people who were the victims of bullying.
The name, Spirit Day, comes from the purple stripe on the Rainbow Flag. The creator of the flag designated purple as representing spirit.
With the help of GLAAD, Spirit Day has since garnered widespread support from celebrities, professional sports and politicians.
Spirit Day coincides with Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network's Ally Week and National Bullying Month.
In addition to wearing purple, GLADD is also encouraging people to turn their profile pictures on various social media sites purple for the day.
For more information about GLADD and Spirit Day, click here.