Flamingo pool party adds to Las Vegas' LGBTQ appeal

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Revelers float along during Electric Safari, an LGBTQ pool party at the Flamingo.
Revelers float along during Electric Safari, an LGBTQ pool party at the Flamingo.

After the sun sets over the Las Vegas Valley and the temperature eases from stifling to merely sweaty, the Flamingo Beach Club turns up the music. A flock of pink flamingo and unicorn pool floats takes to the waters, and crowds of well-groomed guys follow, stripped down to their nighttime splash bash best.

Launched in May, Electric Safari is the Flamingo Las Vegas' LGBTQ pool party, a weekly fete which takes over the casino's 15-acre pool landscape complete with tropical foliage and waterfalls.

Initially running on Thursdays, the popular event is moving to Friday nights starting July 13, when visitors can hit the water and cool down while guest DJs like Chris Cox, Dominic Pacifico and Dan De Leon provide the soundtrack.

The event is $10 to enter or free with RSVP.

The arrival of Electric Safari adds a second LGBTQ-focused pool party to the Strip summer calendar, joining the Luxor's long-running Temptation Sundays.

It's also welcome news for LGBTQ travelers, who ranked Vegas their second-most visited domestic destination, according to Community Marketing & Insights' 22nd LGBTQ Tourism & Hospitality Survey.

Released in November 2017, the report placed Las Vegas behind New York and even with Los Angeles and San Francisco. The survey also found that a city's reputation for being LGBTQ-friendly was the second-most valued characteristic for respondents when choosing a destination.

Among the 3,703 self-identified members of the LGBTQ community surveyed, participants had taken an average of 3.2 leisure-focused trips in the previous year and stayed an average of 10.5 nights in paid accommodations.

Luxor’s North Pool is the scene of Temptation Sundays, the long-running LGBTQ pool party in Las Vegas.
Luxor’s North Pool is the scene of Temptation Sundays, the long-running LGBTQ pool party in Las Vegas.

At the Luxor, Temptation Sundays is a weekend-closing party hosted by J.Son that returned in May for its ninth consecutive season in Las Vegas.

Held at the Luxor's North Pool, the daytime event features go-go boys, drink specials, music from resident DJ Mattmon and sets from visiting DJs, including Chi Chi LaRue, who will play Temptation's ninth anniversary on July 29.

Attendees who want to enjoy the scene with a little more privacy can reserve one of 15 cabanas, which include entry for six and come outfitted with lounge chairs, a flat-screen TV, WiFi and fruit and water. Standard entry is $20 or $10 for hotel guests.

While the pair of aquatic events entice visitors all summer, LGBTQ travelers have reason to hit the Strip even after the pools have packed away their floaties for the year.

The National Gay Rodeo Association's Big Horn Rodeo will return to the city from Sept. 21 to 23, and Las Vegas will celebrate its annual Pride Weekend from Oct. 19 to 21. With a raucous parade, lively festival and events like the Queen of Sin City Pageant, it's another reason for LGBTQ travelers to plan a weekend in Las Vegas.

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