Mob Museum

Mob Museum

We started St. Patrick’s Day with a visit to the Mob Museum which opened in 2012. Their mission is “To advance the public understanding of organized crime’s history and impact on American society.” This National Museum of Organized Crime & Law Enforcement.is located in a former federal courthouse and U. S. Post Office built in 1933. Its three floors with 17,000 square feet of exhibits house a large number of artifacts and effective multi-media presentations. The Prohibition era from 1920-1933 was especially important to the rise of the Mob. A brick wall backdrop is used to tell the story of the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. On the second floor, the remodeled courtroom sets the scene for learning about the Kefauer hearing held in the room. Specifically, on November 15, 1950, the seventh of fourteen hearings by the U. S. Senate Special Committee to Investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce was held here.

Gold Prospector

Gold Prospector

We exited the museum and crossed the street where we joined a crowd to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Fremont Street. The Las Vegas Valley firefighters wore kilts and played bagpipes and drums following a single file of flag bearers. The Celtic Crown Academy of Irish Dance participants were followed by a fire truck, the Grand Marshall in a green Cadillac, and a Clown Car brought up the rear. Musical groups played Irish music on three different stages while various street performers sought money for pictures. We were impressed with the work of a spray-paint artist. Periodically, zip liners passed overhead from the 12-story Slotzilla, designed to look like a giant slot machine. We also watched men throw a basketball at hoops 20, 25, and 30 feet high. There were many beverage options including different shaped containers available along Fremont Street.

Venetian Gondolier

Venetian Gondolier

After resting in our RV parked at the Las Vegas KOA at Sam’s Town, we headed to the Las Vegas Strip for the evening. We nabbed a parking spot in front of Macy’s and walked across the street to tour the Wynn Hotel complex. Back on the strip Venetian gondoliers were busy. I liked the sunset light on the Mirage where the Cirque du Soleil is still performing “Love” that we attended several years ago. I took pictures of both “David” and “Caesar” statues in front of Caesar’s Palace. The Eiffel Tower is always distinctive in the night light. I also liked the lighting on the ships at Treasure Island. We wandered through the Bellagio looking unsuccessfully for a shortcut to the Cosmopolitan. We eventually found our way to the Wicked Spoon for a most memorable gourmet buffet. St. Patrick’s Day in Las Vegas was a great way to end our spring break adventure!

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