Locals Only: Clan can dress up for Halloween parade

It may not be the longest parade you’ll ever see, but it’s certainly among the most celebratory.

One street. Six blocks. Two parties. What better way to spend your All Hallow’s Eve?

The festivities surrounding the Las Vegas Halloween Parade kick off at 4 p.m. Thursday with a pre-party at Atomic Liquors, 917 Fremont St.

A registration table will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. at Fremont and 13th streets, where parade participants will begin lining up at 6 p.m. The parade will start at 7 p.m. with the coronation of “Pin Up” star Claire Sinclair as parade queen.

The free after-party at Fremont and Seventh streets will include food and dancing.

Trophies will be awarded for parade participants who display the best group costume, best float/art car, best illuminated costume, best baby costume and most outrageous costume.

For more information on the all-ages event, see www.thelasvegashalloweenparade.com.

Hsieh speaks

The man behind the metamorphosis of downtown Las Vegas — Zappos founder Tony Hsieh — explains his drive to integrate corporate and community interests through the $350 million Downtown Project in an appropriate setting: downtown’s own Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. Hsieh’s lecture, part of the center’s Audi Speaker Series, is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; for tickets ($24-$79), call 702-749-2000 or go online to www.thesmithcenter.com.

Search for lutefisk over

Have you ever tried lutefisk? If not, here’s your chance to see what Norwegians love or hate — and sometimes both — about this dried cod. The Sons of Norway Desert Troll Lodge will host its traditional Lutefisk and Meatballs Dinner on Saturday. It starts at 5 p.m. (doors open at 4) at the Elks Lodge at 1217 Nevada Highway in Boulder City. Dinners, which include pork roast, potatoes, vegetables, lefse and homemade Norwegian cookies, are $20 for adults and $5 for kids 5-12. The evening also will include raffles, door prizes and Aquavit at the bar. For reservations, call 702-294-9911 or 702-617-8898.

Fayne &Friends

Calling a show “Bill Fayne &Friends” doesn’t narrow it down much. The ubiquitous singer and piano man has a lot of friends, with credits including Clint Holmes, the Las Vegas Tenors and Voices 3. At 7 p.m., Fayne and his guests — this time featuring singers Ron and Lisa Smith and George DeMott and Zipporah Peddle — take over the Copa Room, the events room adjacent to the Bootlegger Bistro, 7700 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The $10 cover gets you a voucher for a bottle of wine with a future dinner at the Bootlegger.

Psychobillies rock

Expect plenty of pompadours and corpse paint at a rockabilly Halloween party headlined by psychobilly favorites the Koffin Kats at 8 p.m. Thursday at The Cheyenne Saloon, 3103 N. Rancho Drive. Tickets are $13 day of show; call 645-4139.

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