The Vegas Golden Knights have proved the skeptics wrong -- plenty of support can be found for a major professional sports team in Sin City. Fueled by a loyal local fan base, as well as curious tourists, the crowds have been unwavering throughout the regular season and Stanley Cup playoffs.
"The Knights are our first pro team outside the [Las Vegas] 51s. But more importantly, the first major team to play after October 1," says fan Rick Williams. "I still get emotional thinking about it all. I do not think anyone thought we would be sitting here in May still watching. 'Hashtag Vegas Born' says it all in this case.
"The hockey organization has done a bang-up job, and the players have embraced the city. When you saw these guys at all the blood drives and events after the shooting, it really had an impact. Plus, look at all the families and people the sport is bringing together."
After sweeping past the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs, the Golden Knights took six games to defeat the San Jose Sharks en route to the Western Conference finals. And the fans in Vegas have been behind them every step of the way.
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Desert rats flocked to the sand in Joshua Tree, California, transformed into sea-loving creatures for a day of marching on scorched earth followed by rounds of mud wrestling and self-reflection.
Later, long after the sun had fallen away, a fellow mermaid glistening in the moonlight washed off the mud caked to his body while sitting in an inflatable pool and proclaimed, “After a night of many answers I only am left with questions. I’ve tasted the God’s blood. I sipped the sweet disaronno of this land – he put it in my cold brew. I bathed in the sweet pool of the mermaid horde.” And with that, the once bedazzled mermaid stood before us a mere man, and together we shed our personas and removed sunbaked makeup, only left to dream about the same day, next year.
Artist Aaron Sheppard recently hosted the second annual Bearded & Shucked Mermaid Day Parade, in honor of the Coney Island tradition. Sheppard (Joshua Tree) and Erin Stellmon (Baltimore), both former Las Vegans, collaborated on last year’s first procession through Joshua Tree, California, and shared their memories of Coney Island and the parade with Settlers + Nomads. Mikayla Whitmore participated in this year’s event and the original photo essay was published on Settlers and Nomads.
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"Transgender people face homelessness at a much higher rate than the general public. This shelter offers a safe place." Written by Susan Milligan.
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