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Street performers find Vegas a haven

JULIE JACOBSON/AP
Rodrigo Gonsalez waits for tourists to pose with him for photos as he plays Elvis along The Strip on June 23 in Las Vegas. Gonsalez, a welder by trade, has turned to street performing in the absence of construction jobs in the city. The number of celebrity impersonators crowding the Las Vegas Strip has grown in recent months, in part because the stalled economy has left many actors and performers in California and Las Vegas without a job. The casinos, however, are trying to stop them. The ACLU is demanding the city protect the performers, who are free to entertain on public sidewalks under the First Amendment so long as they don’t charge for their services.
JULIE JACOBSON/AP
A tourist leaves a dollar in a tip cup for a street performer along The Strip June 23 in Las Vegas. The ACLU is demanding the city protect the performers, who are free to entertain on public sidewalks under the First Amendment so long as they don’t charge for their services.
JULIE JACOBSON/AP
Arturo Morales steps down out of a truck parked behind a restaurant along The Strip after changing into the cartoon charachter Luigi on June 25 in Las Vegas. Morales is one of a number of celebrity and cartoon character impersonators crowding the Las Vegas Strip which has grown in recent months, in part because the stalled economy has left many actors and performers in California and Las Vegas without a job.

Street performers find Vegas a haven

JULIE JACOBSON/AP
Rodrigo Gonsalez waits for tourists to pose with him for photos as he plays Elvis along The Strip on June 23 in Las Vegas. Gonsalez, a welder by trade, has turned to street performing in the absence of construction jobs in the city. The number of celebrity impersonators crowding the Las Vegas Strip has grown in recent months, in part because the stalled economy has left many actors and performers in California and Las Vegas without a job. The casinos, however, are trying to stop them. The ACLU is demanding the city protect the performers, who are free to entertain on public sidewalks under the First Amendment so long as they don’t charge for their services.
JULIE JACOBSON/AP
A tourist leaves a dollar in a tip cup for a street performer along The Strip June 23 in Las Vegas. The ACLU is demanding the city protect the performers, who are free to entertain on public sidewalks under the First Amendment so long as they don’t charge for their services.
JULIE JACOBSON/AP
Arturo Morales steps down out of a truck parked behind a restaurant along The Strip after changing into the cartoon charachter Luigi on June 25 in Las Vegas. Morales is one of a number of celebrity and cartoon character impersonators crowding the Las Vegas Strip which has grown in recent months, in part because the stalled economy has left many actors and performers in California and Las Vegas without a job.
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