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The Strip's Eiffel Tower gets new light show

The Eiffel Tower replica on the Las Vegas strip is getting a major upgrade to kick off celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the Paris Hotel and Casino.

Casino executives flipped the switch on a $1.7 million light show at a star-studded event Wednesday night.

It was the start of a new, free nightly show that includes nearly 6,000 synchronized and choreographed colored LED lights covering the outside of the tower.

The show will run everyday from sunset through midnight every 30 minutes. The show will be highly customizable, with colors and patterns that can change for holidays and special events.

"We could put up the colors for the Golden Knights and some day the Raiders," said Caesars Corporation President, Gary Selesner. "The purpose is to take a moment and add a little more magic to the Strip in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Hotel Paris and the Eiffel Tower."

The upgrades also mark a special partnership between Las Vegas and the city of Paris.

"(The people of Paris) know what a draw Las Vegas is," said Selesner. "I had a chance to talk to the mayor of Paris about this and they're just proud we took a replica of the Eiffel Tower here and of course they're hoping after people see this, they're inspired to come over to France."

The lights are just the start of what is to come for the Paris anniversary. The resort will have a new spa as well as 2,900 renovated rooms that should be ready by May.

The Paris Las Vegas opened September 1, 1999. Original plans called for a full-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower. However, because of potential conflicts with McCarran Airport, the tower was reduced to 540-feet tall, about half the size of the original tower in Paris.

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