Jan 1, 2016 12:22 AM

The Latest: Bride, groom turn Vegas Strip into dance floor

The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) The latest from New Year's Eve in Las Vegas (all times local):

9:15 p.m.

A wide-open Las Vegas Boulevard intersection on New Year's Eve is doubling as a wedding dance floor for a brand new bride and groom.

Bill and Christa Cooper of Kentucky danced their first dance at Flamingo Avenue with a bit of Frank Sinatra crooning in the distance surrounded by family.

The Las Vegas Strip is slowly filling with some of the 332,000 people expected to arrive on the boulevard and in downtown's Fremont Street hours before fireworks explode from several casino rooftops.

Bill Cooper says he proposed to his new bride a month ago in the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas.


11:05 a.m.

A-list performers on New Year's Eve are expected to shine as bright as the eight-minute firework spectacle shot from several towering Las Vegas Strip rooftops.

Bruno Mars at The Cosmopolitan, Maroon 5 at Mandalay Bay and Nikki Minaj at Drai's Nightclub will keep revelers entertained before and after midnight.

Tourism officials expect 332,000 people to crowd the traffic-free Strip and squeeze underneath Fremont Street's massive video canopy on Thursday night.

Partyers also can find a host of tribute bands along downtown's Fremont Street, including Fan Halen, No Duh and Red Not Chili Peppers.

It'll be a near-freezing New Year's Eve come midnight. The National Weather Service forecasts temperatures dropping from the mid-40s to mid-30s by 2016's arrival.

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