I never really felt the nostalgia for "old Vegas" while visiting Freemont Street. Perhaps I don’t really know enough about old Vegas to feel nostalgic, or perhaps the five guys who walked past me wearing lederhosen just didn’t seem to fit the theme. I expected to see old gangster looking men sporting on their arms, women with sequined dresses flirtatiously twirling their feather boas. Don’t get me wrong, Freemont Street is a great place for people watching, but it lacked the mythological old Vegas sense of class that I so desperately wanted to see.
Instead of gangsters and starlets, you are more likely to see rowdy college kids jumping from kiosk to kiosk filling up large plastic cups with liquor. Despite the fact that this is Las Vegas and not New Orleans, beads seem to be very popular amongst the vast never-ending sea of pedestrians. This was the first time in my life that I actually saw someone fall down drunk. A young college-age blonde girl fell down and proceeded to pull her two willowy friends down when they tried to help her up. I also saw the police, chase, tackle, and handcuff a man. The casinos didn’t even seem nostalgic as they were packed with rowdy frat boys hogging up all the good tables.
Of course the main draw of going to Freemont Street is the four-block mega screen, which comes alive displaying various creatively assembled short movies. This, in fact, is extremely impressive and must be seen at least once if you are visiting Las Vegas. It was remarkable to see a hush fall over the crowd as the last show of the night began. The show we saw was "Area 51" an alien/space theme. The story was hard to follow, but who cares, it was amazing just to experience thousands of people transfixed with their heads looking upward encountering this vast technological wonder.
If you like the "party scene" then by all means go forth into your wonderful oasis at Freemont Street. If you just want to see something really cool, then time it so you can see the show and be on your way to discover even more mesmerizing sites.