On nearly any given night, the Fremont Street Experience is lined with people in costumes or scantily clad hoping visitors to the downtown attraction will give them tips. Other buskers may be singing or making crafts.
A young couple pushing a stroller gawks at Tommy Gallant, who is dressed only in a neon bright Borat-style swimming suit. For the past three months, he says he has averaged about $60 a night. Other buskers are more family-friendly as superheroes and the Cookie Monster. And no glitzy Las Vegas attraction is complete without women dressed as showgirls.
Las Vegas leaders are drawing up new rules that would create “performance zones.” The new draft ordinance would create three dozen 6-foot-diameter circles scattered along the five-block area of the Fremont Street Experience. Performers would have to rotate out of the circles every two hours.
As soon as Sept. 2, the City Council is expected to take up the measure, weighing First Amendment rights against complaints from casino patrons about lewd and aggressive behavior by buskers.