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Rio’s iconic ‘Show in the Sky’ to close March 30 after 16 years

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The masquerade floats at The Rio’s “Show in the Sky” are prepped and readied for showtime on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.

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After 16 years of entertaining guests, The Rio’s free "Show in the Sky" will come to an end next month. The long-running interactive attraction, which enjoyed robust crowds this week for Mardi Gras, will give its final performance on Saturday, March 30, at 11 p.m.

Caesars Entertainment confirmed the news but is unable to comment further on why the attraction is closing and what will become of it. There is nothing scheduled to take its place. Continue to check back for updates and more information.

The attraction's whimsical neon showboats and gondolas have remained relatively unchanged since the carnival ride opened in 1997 at an estimated initial cost of more than $25 million.

Though “Show in the Sky” has been scaled back over the years, it has continued to entertain crowds with its mechanical floats that take dancers and two dozen participants on an aerial tour across The Rio’s casino floor and Masquerade Village.

In keeping with the hotel-casino’s theme, the ride captures the spirit of the famed Carnival of Brazil, which was celebrated in its home country this week. Flamboyantly dressed dancers perform choreography and toss out beaded necklaces to onlookers as high-energy dance music plays every hour from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

The Rio has confirmed that those with tickets to ride the attraction after its closing date can bring them to the original point of purchase for an exchange or refund.

Remaining times and dates for "Show in the Sky" can be found on The Rio's website.

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