The spring months are usually very mild. The days are virtually cloud-free, and outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the parades, carnivals, and numerous sporting activities that take place during these months.
MARCHShoWest Convention (early Mar). This huge, motion picture industry event lures several celebrities to town. NASCAR Weekend (early Mar), Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Busch Series and the Nextel Cup races are held over three days. This is the largest sporting event of the year, and attracts more than 150,000 racing fans.
Mayhem (mid-Mar– early April). College basketball season takes off as teams compete in a lead up to the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Cham- pionship finals.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
(Mar 17). More than 100 entrants and colorful floats set off on the city’s biggest parade. Resorts use the occasion to run specials on corned beef and cabbage and green beer.
Big League Weekend (late Mar or early April), Cashman Field. Baseball season swings into action with gusto as six major league teams compete against each other.
Native American Arts Festival (first weekend), Clark County Heritage Museum. Presents dance, drama, and musical performances. An outdoor craft market features over 40 vendors with Native American arts, crafts, and food.
Mardi Gras (early Apr). The Fremont Street Experience and several hotels gear up for special Mardi Gras festivities with live Dixieland jazz, street carnivals, and Cajun cuisine.
LPGA Takefuji Classic (mid-Apr), Las Vegas Country Club. Top women golf professionals compete at this international golf tournament. The championship holds
an impressive cash prize of $1.1 million.
Cinco de Mayo (Sun closest to May 5). Annual Mexican celebration with fun-filled activities at parks throughout the city. Casinos and hotels offer food and drink specials, as well as free giveaways.
Memorial Day Weekend (last weekend). The city comes alive during three days of parties, outdoor concerts by international performers, sizzling shows, sports events, and appetizing cuisines.