Mariachis take … Paris?!
Thu, Sep 10, 2009 (midnight)
On May 5, 1862, some 4,500 Mexican militia members under the leadership of general Ignacio Zaragoza faced what seemed an impossible task. Stationed near the Mexican city of Puebla, the soldiers were confronted by a force of 6,500 well-outfitted French soldiers intent on invading the country and installing French leadership in Mexico City. They never reached the Mexican capital. The militiamen sent the French packing—an unexpected victory that was rendered moot a few years later when they returned and successfully took control of the government.
- Las Vegas International Mariachi Festival
- September 12, 8 p.m., $99-$185.
- Paris Las Vegas, 967-4567.
This weekend, the tables will turn. Mexico is invading Paris. An army of mariachis in sparkling suits and noisy pants will march on Paris Las Vegas for the 19th Annual Las Vegas International Mariachi Festival, a one-night event that brings premier mariachi bands to perform live on one stage. It’s not quite history in the making, but it’s a cultural exchange you can bet would earn a chuckle from the boys back in Puebla. When the Luxor hosts an Israeli dance festival, we’ll be really impressed.
Paris Las Vegas
The Paris Las Vegas transports visitors to the City of Light. Paris Las Vegas captures all the details of Paris, right down to the cobblestone sidewalks and half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Wrought iron street lamps line the 85,000 square foot casino with the legs of the Eiffel Tower sit in the middle of 1,700 slots and 90 table games.
Guests can dine at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, but beware, it's by reservation only. Diners can watch the world pass by at Mon Ami Gabi, a fine French restaurant where the most popular tables are the ones outside facing The Strip. Dining isn't just limited to the French, Asian restaurant Ah Sin is host to many dishes from the Pacific Rim. If you've just hit the jackpot on the casino floor, try the $777 Kobe beef and Maine lobster at Le Burger Brasserie.
Famous pastry chef Gaston Lenôtre opened a branch of his renowned pastry shop on the cobblestone-lined Le Boulevard, a street filled with intimate shops and restaurants, all underneath a blue cloud-filled ceiling. Strolling along Le Boulevard don't be surprised to see an extremely lifelike bronze statue move, that's because it's a real person
The City of Light doesn't go dark after dark. Anthony Cools - The Uncensored Hypnotist checks inhibitions at the door and pushes the limits of the audiences mind and body. Sitting right above the restaurant is nightclub Risqué, Paris' ultra lounge that is as fun as it is fantastic.
3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd.