Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 5:05 p.m.
It was another record turnout in the tens of thousands for the annual Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender festival, one of the world’s largest, at the Orleans over the weekend.
I’ve never seen so many tattooed men and women, 1960s glamour fashions and custom cars all in one place. Our thanks to my pal Craig Nyman who provided us with this great photo gallery.
Craig represents Sailor Jerry Rum, which was the title sponsor of the event and raised funds for Honorable Recharge with four rotating pin-ups getting dunked in the water every time somebody donated and hit the target.
Claire Sinclair, star of “Pin Up” at the Stratosphere and 2011 Playboy Playmate of the Year, drew big lines at her comic book signing at the Secrets in Lace Booth.
Four issues of her adventures as a debt-laden college student who gains superpowers from an accident during a medical study were on sale. She fights a sinister villain who just happens to be her ex-boyfriend.
Everybody had copies of the pinup magazine Bachelor Pad, which features the young brunette bombshell on the cover and in a seven-page centerfold pictorial.
The Pin Up Angels also won new fans. They are a group of former models, burlesque queens and rockabilly fans from the Southwest who volunteer to send care packages to active-duty military and volunteer to entertain the USO, Wounded Warriors and Veterans Homes.
Everybody who made a donation received an autographed photo and a calendar. Brenda Lee runs the organization at ThePinUpAngels.com.
Just a few years ago, this started out as a small one-day event with a few hundred rockabilly fashion and music fans at Gold Coast, and now thousands of fans from across the U.S. and world are traveling here for the ever-expanding four-day festival.
There are burlesque competitions, swimwear and lingerie showcases, jive classes, a beauty academy, a guitar geek display, 1960s bowling parties, a tiki pool party and weddings at the classic and customs car show.
There was such a demand for tickets that it’s already booked for this time next year with an even larger space.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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True to its namesake, The Orleans gives visitors a year-round Mardi Gras feeling with a New Orleans French Quarter environment.
Located just a short way from the center of gambling on the Strip, The Orleans offers a collection of attractions that helps to draw in a mix of locals and visitors.
In addition to the 1,885 hotel rooms and 134,000-square foot casino, the property has a 70-lane bowling center, an 18-screen movie theater, an 850-seat showroom and a 9,500-seat arena, home to the Las Vegas Wranglers hockey team.
The hotel also has 14 dining options, including Canal Street, The Prime Rib Loft, Koji Sushi Bar & China Bistro and Big Al’s Oyster Bar.