The occasion marked the 50th anniversary
of the building iconic “Welcome
to Las Vegas” neon sign and according to the city’s
mayor, Oscar Goodman, the start of summer on the Strip
– a month ahead of other northern hemisphere destinations.
The previous world record for the Largest
bikini parade was 250.
Model and television personality Holly Madison
("Girls Next Door") was joined by showgirls from
Vegas stage spectacular Jubilee and members of the public
for the march.
photo) Holly Madison, a former Playboy centrefold
and reality TV star, said: 'Who doesn’t want summer a month
early? I’ve been lobbying for it my whole life, frankly.'
They also took part in a pre-march fashion
show in front of the city's iconic 'Welcome to Fabulous
Las Vegas' sign to mark the 50th anniversary of its installment.
The mayor's declaration of the beginning of 'summer
in paradise' was followed by pool parties in some of the
strip's best-known hotels.
The best pool parties
“Rehab”, every Sunday at the Hard
Rock Hotel (001 702 693 555, www.rehablv.com),
is the place to drink off the night before — think grass cabanas,
underwater music, swim-up blackjack tables, cocktail bars
and hundreds of people dancing clad only in bikinis and board
Palms (001 702 942 7777), www.palms.com)
boasts a three-acre adult playground, featuring two waterfalls,
three pools and four bars. The pool deck offers the ultimate
aquatic experience. With an almost 3,000 person capacity