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Alex and Liset Meruelo at the Sahara Las Vegas name unveiling event on June 27.

Caesars Entertainment lit up two Las Vegas landmarks over the weekend to honor the World Pride and Stonewall 50 events and celebrations in New York City. The High Roller observation wheel at the Linq Promenade and the recently upgraded Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas featured dazzling rainbow-colored light shows to celebrate LGBTQ communities.

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The Strip’s Eiffel Tower went rainbow for Pride.

Among the celebs in attendance for Thursday night’s buzzed-about bash unveiling the name change from SLS Las Vegas to Sahara Las Vegas were resident comedian Eddie Griffin (who continues his show at the Sayers Club Monday through Wednesday), actor and host Jaymes Vaughan, and actor/rapper/producer/radio and TV host Nick Cannon. Of course, the star of the show was casino owner Alex Meruelo, who presided over a flashy presentation including fireworks, 3D projection mapping video and an Intel Shooting Star drone show culminating in cheers and applause when the classic Sahara name and a classy new logo finally appeared. “Our property is just the right size to deliver the bold yet personalized experiences that made visitors first fall in love with Las Vegas,” Meruelo said.

You never know what kind of Vegas event is going to attract the famous folks. The Universal Domino League’s Las Vegas Summer Classic was held at the Palms on Saturday and comedian and TV host Steve Harvey was there to take in the action, as were actor Chris Spencer, TV personality Rocsi Diaz, upcoming Tropicana headlining illusionist Hans Klok, Tenors of Rock singers Jimmy Denning and Tommy Sherlock and more.

Grammy winner Kix Brooks, who joins Ronnie Dunn and Reba McEntire for the trio’s Reba, Brooks & Dunn residency show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, caught “Opium” at the Cosmopolitan Thursday night. On Friday night, Vegas Golden Knights fan favorite defenseman Nate Schmidt was at the comedic space odyssey and also ventured backstage for a photo.

At the South Point on Sunday, Emanii Davis of Georgia was crowned Miss Earth USA 2019 in a pageant watched by over 100,000 viewers throughout the week. A gradate of DePaul University currently pursuing a master’s degree in counseling at Valdosta State University, Davis will represent the U.S. at the international Miss Earth competition this fall in the Philippines.

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