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What do cowboy rodeo riders, fetish fans, NASCAR drivers and would-be poker champions all have in common? They are all drawn to Las Vegas - for very different reasons. From the high adrenalin of NASCAR and the World Supercross Championships, to the bizzare tastes proudly flaunted at the Fetish and Fantasy Ball, Las Vegas' annual events calendar is colourful, fun and at times, even a little bit strange...
Never one to miss out on a good party, Las Vegas makes sure to enter the New Year in style. On New Year's Eve, the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street are packed with celebrities, tourists and all-round revelers looking forward to a night of wild partying, fireworks and steadily flowing champagne.
Honouring American football's event of the year, Super Bowl Weekend sees large-screen TVs set up in many sports bars, restaurants and casinos around town. Some venues offer special menus and stadium-style seating for a spectator experience that's almost as good as viewing the match in person!
Daring feats are performed at the National Finals Rodeo, a massive nine-day event which is often called 'the Superbowl of Rodeos'. Some 120 cowboys compete for the $5 million cash prize in events like bareback riding, saddle bronco riding, bull riding and tie-down roping.
NASCAR at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is one of the biggest auto racing weekends of the year, with thousands of racing fans gathering for the usual offering of thrills and spills. The World Supercross Championships offers the same high adrenalin rush but on motorcycles, with outrageous jumps taken at unbelievable speed.
Viva Las Vegas - known also as the Rockabilly Weekender - pulls together four days of rockabilly bands, catwalk shows, pool parties and burlesque competitions. One of the highlights of this glamorous event is the classic car show, featuring an array of hot rods and early 1950s models to visitors to drool over.
The two-week World Series of Poker tournament is a chance for poker players from all over the world to put their poker face to the test. There are over 50 tournaments to be played, with the 'main event' featuring a $10,000 no limit Texas hold 'em tournament that often sees the winner turn millionaire during the course of the night.
The Fourth of July is celebrated with as much fanfare in Las Vegas as in other parts of the United States. Thousands head to the Las Vegas Strip to catch the magnificent firework display over the Caesar's Palace Casino, while many bars, restaurants and hotels host their own American-themed parties and fireworks displays.
You'd better believe that Halloween in Las Vegas is not just for kids, with nearly every nightclub and bar throwing their own fancy-dress party, complete with entertainment and generous cash prizes awarded for the best costume. Perhaps the most infamous of them all is the Fetish and Fantasy Ball, which sees fun-loving adults don a variety of leather and latex outfits while dancing to the beat of world-class DJs.