Some of us came for the music, some for the food, some for the art and some just to witness the spectacle of it all. But one thing’s for sure: We’ve never seen anything quite like the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Downtown Las Vegas. Here are a few of the moments that Vegas Seven staffers said made the festival come alive for them. What was your favorite Life Is Beautiful moment? Tell us in the comments section below.
During one of the Learning lectures, Jerry Nadal, Cirque du Soleil’s Vice President of Resident Shows, spoke about the experience he and his partner had when adopting twin boys, despite them being “a gay couple from Nevada.” The audience erupted in applause. To me, that was beautiful. —Erin Timrawi, Contributor
Meeting [VJ] Dave Holmes in the Culinary Village! We talked Downtown, Dawes and the local Las Vegas music scene. I believe Tony Hsieh would call that “serendipitous.” —Camille Cannon, Calendar Coordinator
The Gazillionaire and Penny Pibbets from Absinthe, making people debase themselves for tickets to their show. We endured casual bigotry, forced simulated gay sex, and the threat of seeing some guy’s left testicle. And the crowd loved every second. —Geoff Carter, DTLV Editor
Imagine Dragons thanking Las Vegans for their support during their show on Saturday. That was moving. Oh, and watching the horse in this video dance to the music as its owner, a police officer, tried to control it. —Xania Woodman, Senior Editor for Nightlife, Dining and Beverage
Walking into the Secret Garden and seeing hundreds of people finally enjoying some green space in the middle of Downtown. —Felicia Mello, Online Director
The stone-cold confusion on everyone else’s face when Beck shouted out Jordache, Vidal Sassoon and Dockers at the end of “Debra.” It’s cool, Beck. I thought it was funny. —Jason Scavone, DailyFiasco Editor.