As we close out National Pride Month, we open up the conversation with Andrew LaMew, food and beverage general manager for the Luxor Pool and its weekly event, Temptation Sundays, about what Pride means to him.
“I was actually talking with one of my co-workers, he’s an adult gay male, about Pride,” says LaMew. “And I think one of the things that I love about Pride is that it’s taking us in the right direction as far as the inclusivity as a country and I hope that in the long run, and I hope this doesn’t sound bad, that Pride is going to fade out because it’s going to be so accepted by everybody that we no longer have to celebrate Pride because it’s finally got to that point where everyone is accepted.”
And, at Temptation Sundays, the Strip’s original LGBTQ+ pool party now in its 11th season, everyone is accepted, says LaMew. “The party can be pretty wild at times. It’s got a very vibrant and upbeat atmosphere every Sunday no matter how busy it is. It doesn’t matter
what you identify as, what your ethnicity is, where you’re from—everyone’s welcome at Temptation Sundays.”
LaMew joined the pool in 2019, after working at various properties across the Strip, with a bulk of his experience concentrated on helping to run pools. “I like day shifts and I like being outside,” says the Detroit native. As the F&B manager for the pool, LaMew “provides my team with the tools they need to give our guests the best food and beverage experience.”
When LaMew started in his career, he says, he would have never guessed that he’d be working in Las Vegas. “I didn’t know a lot about the city and now, I’m proud of what I’ve done, what I’ve accomplished. I look back at Detroit, it’s a phenomenal city, the family and community atmosphere is great, but then I come to Vegas and it’s opened my eyes to the rest of the world.”
Watermelon Sugar High
A delicious cocktail is the new Watermelon Sugar High. It’s a mix of Grey Goose Essences watermelon and basil vodka, agave and Sierra Mist soda. Thinking about elevating your July 4 holiday weekend? Be sure to check out the Temptations Sundays party this week. “The pool party has go-go dancers and DJs,” LaMew says. “You get customers that come from out of state, out of the country and looking for the perfect experience—and Temptation is more than just a party, it’s a get together amongst friends.”
Benefit: The pool offers the famous Dole Whip! Besides pineapple, enjoy flavors like mango and strawberry.
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