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Joe Downtown: Life was Beautiful for more than 62,000 people last weekend

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The Life Is Beautiful Festival in Downtown Las Vegas, Oct. 26-27, 2013.

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More than 62,000 people attended the Life is Beautiful festival over two days last weekend.

Various sources said festival organizers counted 62,500 ticketholders at the event. Though organizers early on talked of drawing 75,000 to 100,000, they later revised the figure to around 40,000.

By most accounts, the festival was a big success. Police reported minimal problems. Lines to bathrooms and food stands were short or non-existent. And the high winds didn’t kick in until late Sunday, so for two days, festivalgoers enjoyed nearly perfect weather.

The wind did cause one problem. Sunday afternoon, one of the towering flag poles — which upheld streamers decorated with prayer flags — blew over. Three people were injured; a festival spokesperson said all were minor injuries.

Organizers have already promised to hold a second festival next year.

Joe Schoenmann doesn’t just cover downtown, he lives and works there. Schoenmann is Greenspun Media Group’s embedded downtown journalist, working from an office in the Emergency Arts building.

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