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Thousands attend first in-person First Friday of 2021 in Las Vegas

Long lines formed due to capacity limits
First Friday returned on April 2, 2021 for the first in-person event held since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shut down after March 2020.
First Friday returned on April 2, 2021 for the first in-person event held since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shut down after March 2020.
First Friday returned on April 2, 2021 for the first in-person event held since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shut down after March 2020.
First Friday returned on April 2, 2021 for the first in-person event held since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shut down after March 2020.
First Friday returned on April 2, 2021 for the first in-person event held since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shut down after March 2020.
First Friday returned on April 2, 2021 for the first in-person event held since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shut down after March 2020.
First Friday returned on April 2, 2021 for the first in-person event held since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shut down after March 2020.
First Friday returned on April 2, 2021 for the first in-person event held since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shut down after March 2020.
First Friday returned on April 2, 2021 for the first in-person event held since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shut down after March 2020.
First Friday returned on April 2, 2021 for the first in-person event held since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shut down after March 2020.
First Friday returned on April 2, 2021 for the first in-person event held since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shut down after March 2020.
First Friday returned on April 2, 2021 for the first in-person event held since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shut down after March 2020.
First Friday returned on April 2, 2021 for the first in-person event held since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shut down after March 2020.
Posted at 9:45 PM, Apr 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-03 02:21:50-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — First Friday returned to downtown Las Vegas for its first in-person event in a year following COVID-19 restrictions.

The drums of change sounded in the Arts District as thousands of people showed up.

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They were sights and sounds not seen in more than a year.

"It's really fun because it's been closed since COVID, so being out and eating food and seeing people and shop is pretty fun," said Peyton McKinnon who was enjoying First Friday.

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First Friday returns to downtown Las Vegas on April 2, 2021, for its first in-person event in a year following COVID-19 restrictions. (Photo: Joe Bartels, 13 Action News)

"I like the food because I'm an eater, I eat a lot of stuff," said Myelle Hagan.

"I like the food and the shops, I like the crystals and the rings they sell," added Riley McKinnon.

People turned out for the event to take in what First Friday is best known for: the food, music and art.

"My first-ever First Friday was the last First Friday before it got shut down, I was very excited to come back," said artist Harmony Smith who created Heady Harmony.

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Artist Harmony Smith, who created Heady Harmony, at First Friday on April 2, 2021, the first in-person event in a year following COVID-19 restrictions. Smith says her first time attending First Friday was the last one before it shut down. (Photo: Joe Bartels, 13 Action News)

Smith's brand focuses on women as an inspiration for her artwork.

She says the First Friday crowd meant brisk business.

"I've seen a lot of people so far, in a good way, people seem happy, people love art," said Smith.

The pandemic was at the center of safety during the event.

Temperature checks were required along with face masks.

Capacity limits for the Art Walk and Food Truck court led to long times for people.

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First Friday returns as an in-person event in downtown Las Vegas on April 2, 2021, following a year of COVID-19 restrictions. (Photo: Joe Bartels, 13 Action News)

"Our last First Friday was last March 2020, so we did not have a First Friday in April," said Corey Fagan, the executive director of the First Friday Foundation.

"So this is the new April, a whole year later, we're back," she said.

Organizers say a lot of work went into the approvals to pull off the event in downtown Las Vegas and they hope next month's event will have even more attendees.

You can learn more on ffflv.org.