Vegas Officials Paint Fremont Street Buskers Into A Circle, Literally


If you have been in Downtown Las Vegas or on the Strip, you have encountered street buskers, or street entertainers. They will be impersonators of some of your favorite celebrities. They may sing, dance, or just pose for a photo.

On a recent trip, this writer encountered Michael Jackson, Spiderman, and others within the same block on Fremont Street. While watching these actors, a Las Vegas police officer ran Spiderman off. He didn’t have a permit.

And, on the Strip you will usually find Elvis, Darth Vader, Batman, Toy Story’s Woody, and a Transformer or two. These busters want to pose with you for tips.

There has been ongoing contention between local officials and the entertainers about proposed rules and what these buskers can and can’t do. The buskers want to freely ply their trade, but officials are concerned about complaints from visitors about aggressive solicitations. Finally, earlier this week, the City Council decided to act.

Effective November 1st, street actors will be restricted to about three dozen six-foot circles that will be painted along the five-block Fremont mall. In addition, they must stay at least 100 feet away from any concert venue and 40 feet away from other busters.

These new rules will not apply to buskers on the Strip. For those who may not know, the Strip is not in Las Vegas, but rather in Paradise and Winchester. Las Vegas city limits begin just north of Sahara.

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