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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Feb 12 2019
$13,463
pledged of $100,000pledged of $100,000 goal
89
backers
10hours to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Feb 12 2019

About

It began as a simple idea: to create a large scale public parade to celebrate strippers. With a rich history of risque sexiness, Las Vegas was the obvious location. When Cory Mervis (founder of the Las Vegas Halloween Parade) connected with Polly Superstar (founder of Kinky Salon/ Mission Control) the idea blossomed into a plan. The first step was to enlist a Board Of Smart Strippers (AKA The BOSS) so the voice of strippers could direct the organization. The vision expanded into a whole weekend of events: A Stripper Showcase, featuring stripper comedians, artists, musicians, storytellers, and performers who all make their art possible from their job; a two day industry only B2B Expo featuring classes, speakers and vendors geared towards the real needs of strippers; and, of course, a massive public parade. Contributing to this kickstarter gives you exclusive access to an additional party you don't want to miss! On Sunday evening we're hosting a wild pool party with DJs, live entertainment, and poolside VIP suites.

THE PARADE 

In the evening of Saturday Aug 10th we take to the streets for the first ever Las Vegas Stripper Parade. In this sexy and outrageous spectacle we honor dancers of all genders and body types. Dancers armed with Mardi Gras style throws designed to entice customers proudly climb aboard flame-throwing art cars and glittery floats to show off their skills. The parade is free and open to the public. 

SUNDAY AND MONDAY EXPO

The Expo is a two day event a hotel in Downtown Las Vegas. It features classes, speakers and vendors geared towards the stripper community. The needs of strippers come first, with resources and education that address real life challenges including money management, security, health, and wellbeing.  And, of course, there will be a vending area chock full of sparkly fabulousness for all their performing needs. 

SATURDAY SHOWCASE

There are a myriad of talents and skills within the international stripper community that will be featured in the showcase. Comedians, artists, musicians, storytellers, performers and speakers who make their art possible from their job.

(KICKSTARTER SUPPORTERS ONLY) SUNDAY POOL PARTY  

On Sunday we’re having an exclusive sunset pool party for our Kickstarter supporters! We’re taking over the new 70,000 sq ft pool area with poolside VIP suites, private cabanas and a 12 person hot tub. Expect live entertainment, contests, great music, vending and a chance to network poolside. The ONLY way to access this EPIC pool party is by supporting this Kickstarter campaign.

This is our Board Of Smart Strippers Being OService to Strippers! These are the voices that guide our organization. We are so grateful for their participation. With them we have the perspective of the people who work in the industry. We have weekly meetings to keep us on track and expand our understanding of how we can support strippers.

Antonia Crane is the author of the memoir, “Spent” (Barnacle Books, Rare Bird Lit). She is a writing instructor at UCLA, a stripper, sex worker, activist and performer in Los Angeles.

 Nikki Darling is sex worker advocate, a porn performer, performance artist, film director. She is Lusty Lady Alumni, and co-curates Failed Films Underground Art and Film festival.

 Elyse Elaine is the Marilyn with Melanin. Vegas based performer, producer, choreographer, singer and emcee.

 AnneMarie Davies is director of the documentary Fistful of Steel, and CEO & Founder at United Pole Artists

 Ivizia Dakini is a Vegas based fashion designer, fire performer, vaudeville and burlesque event producer, and featured entertainer.

 Andre Shakti is a journalist, educator, performer, activist, and professional slut. 

"We are excited to host the first ever Stripper Parade on Main Street and have found Cory and Polly to be professional, organized and all-around fabulous to work with. We are excited to grow this one-of-a-kind Parade and expo in Downtown Las Vegas." Derek Stonebarger Board President - Las Vegas Arts District, Owner / Operator - ReBAR Las Vegas

“I have been supportive of Cory’s successes, the Las Vegas Halloween Parade and her efforts on behalf of Experimental Arts and Learning. She has established relationships with City Hall and has earned a reputation for being one of the leading cultural producers in our city.”  Oscar Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas from 1999 to 2011 

"As a consultant in the small business industry for several years, I've had the pleasure to provide counseling for Polly and Cory to enhance their entrepreneur development. I admire their tenacity, genius, and business acumen as entrepreneurs. Their efforts to apply "due diligence" to ensure the success of their business is very impressive. I support their goals to provide a platform that enhances small business development in the Vegas Valley." Kathleen Taylor, Small Business Consultant

The Stripper Parade & Expo is the first event to truly support strippers both professionally and personally. I think this is an incredible event and because of that I am showing my support by donating a portion of my services as well as donating financially to the Kickstarter. I wish more industry people took as much care and interest as Cory and Polly. Thank you for creating this incredible event. Lauren MacEwen, 7 Veils Media

Cory and Polly have been working full time since June 2018. Initially they were in research mode, creating a plan. Since then they have signed a contract at the hotel to be the host location for all their events. They have chosen a route in Downtown Las Vegas for the parade route, and met with the City of Las Vegas and had their plan approved. They have the blessing of the Mayor and their government Representative. In Vegas-speak, they are “all in.” They have expanded their team to include sex-positive social media mavens 7 Veils, and legendary publicist Brian Scott Gross from BSG PR (whose clients include the AVN Expo, Lollapalooza and Vivid Entertainment!) They have brought on board event production teams to work with the various facets of the event. They are guided by the BOSS, whose members are dedicated to making sure the real needs of strippers are represented.

The goal is to raise the seed capital needed to launch the production company. This will mean they can cover initial costs and start full time production mode. This seed capital will create a sustainable business model that will continue year after year and potentially spread to other cities. Financial projections have been drawn up. Budgets have been created. Polly and Cory's combined experience of decades of event production give them the ability to create a rock solid plan.

Some of these immediate costs include:

  • The contract with the Hotel
  • Permits, insurance and paperwork
  • Deposits for equipment rental
  • Professional legal and financial guidance
  • Marketing team
  • Social media team
  • Vendor sales team
  • Sponsorship sales team

Most of the rewards listed are exclusive ticket packages that are only available while this campaign is running. THE REWARDS ARE FULLY TRANSFERABLE so they make great gifts. Why not surprise someone you love with the gift of attending this event? Or buy a ticket package now and resell it when the event gets near! Whether you’re planning on attending the event or not, please support this kickstarter! 

Risks and challenges

While there are always risks with a first time event of this scale, Polly and Cory have overcome many of the first steps to make sure this event is a success. They are both powerhouses of event production with 35 years of combined experience, and they have both dedicated their full attention to this project. While the organization of the production itself is all well in hand, they have no illusions about the challenge they are taking on at the cultural level. The City of Las Vegas has been supportive of the project as this is a legal and taxable market that Las Vegas thrives on. In our culture strippers should be celebrated and adult entertainment should be seen as just that- entertainment for adults. Destigmatizing this industry and humanizing it's workers is no small feat! That's why we need your help to make it happen.

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    Streaming Content

    We’ll be recording a prime selection of the classes and talks at the expo, and live streaming from the parade. Enjoy the weekend from anywhere with exclusive content beamed directly to your devices! Plus you'll get all our special updates.

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    The Stripper Parade exists

    Do you want to live in a world where the Stripper Parade & Expo exists? If you contribute $35 then we're a big step closer. THANK YOU.

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    Parade VIP

    As well as the streaming content and all our hot news... VIP access to the parade! If you’re planning on attending the parade this is the very least you should do. Get out of the madness of the crowd, access the beer garden, bleachers and VIP pre-parade reception. Arrive early to reserve your seat. Your exclusive supporter laminate will let the world know you supported this campaign. ALL OUR REWARDS ARE FULLY TRANSFERABLE AND MAKE GREAT GIFTS!

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    Parade VIP & Showcase

    This reward level gives you the complete package for Saturday Night. Get the streaming content, all our hot news, VIP access at the parade... PLUS a ticket to the Stripper Showcase! This variety show features comedy, art, music, storytelling, performance, all made possible by stripping and will take place before the parade!

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    Parade VIP, Showcase & Pool Party

    The Pool Party is EXCLUSIVELY for Kickstarter supporters. Get the streaming content, all our hot news, VIP access at the Parade, a ticket to the Stripper Showcase PLUS... this reward level gives you general admission to our epic not-to-be-missed Pool Party! We're taking over a 70,000 sq ft downtown rooftop pool area with live entertainment, contests, great music, vending and a chance to mingle poolside.

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    The Works EARLY BIRD<<< HOT REWARD

    You get it all at a deeply discounted price! The streaming content, VIP access to the Parade, tickets to the Stripper Showcase and Pool Party... PLUS This level gets you two whole days of mingling, shopping, entertainment, and edification at the Stripper Expo! ACCESS ALL THE EVENTS ON ALL THREE DAYS. The Stripper Expo is the first of its kind, geared towards the real needs of strippers. The Pool Party is EXCLUSIVELY for Kickstarter supporters. As a special thank you for supporting us at this level we'll add some collectible souvenirs and a gift package from our sponsors for you to pick up when you arrive. If you aren’t a stripper then supporting this crowdfunding campaign is the only way to buy a ticket to the Stripper Expo! Your exclusive supporter laminate will let the world know you supported this campaign. Take advantage of exclusive access to this event, or gift a ticket to your favorite stripper.

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    The Works <<< HOT REWARD

    You get it all! The streaming content, VIP access to the Parade, tickets to the Stripper Showcase and Pool Party... PLUS This level gets you two whole days of mingling, shopping, entertainment, and edification at the Stripper Expo! ACCESS ALL THE EVENTS ON ALL THREE DAYS. The Stripper Expo is the first of it's kind, geared towards the real needs of strippers. The Pool Party is EXCLUSIVELY for Kickstarter supporters. As a special thank you for supporting us at this level we'll add some collectible souvenirs and a gift package from our sponsors for you to pick up when you arrive. If you aren’t a stripper then supporting this crowdfunding campaign is the only way to buy a ticket to the Stripper Expo! Your exclusive supporter laminate will let the world know you supported this campaign. Take advantage of exclusive access to this event, or gift a ticket to your favorite stripper.

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    SCHOLARSHIP The Works

    They get it all! Donating at this level means that we will pass on a free ticket for all events all weekend to a stripper who cannot afford to attend. Applications for scholarships will open after the Kickstarter.

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    The Upsell

    Trust us, you want to go for The Upsell. This gives you everything from The Works reward level PLUS... Access all our events with front of line privileges, prime seating, exclusive lounges, additional perks and wild VIP parties. If you aren’t a stripper then supporting this crowdfunding campaign is the only way to buy a ticket to the expo. Your exclusive supporter laminate will let the world know you supported this campaign. Plus we’ll have your name printed in our souvenir brochure so everyone knows how awesome you are.

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    High Roller

    Being a High Roller puts you in a different class. This reward includes everything from The Upsell reward level but all with even more perks. Sit back and enjoy the premium experience at the Parade with free shuttles, hosted bottle service and VIP restrooms... If you aren’t a stripper then supporting this crowdfunding campaign is the only way to buy a ticket to the expo. Your exclusive supporter laminate will let the world know you supported this campaign. Plus we’ll have your name printed in our souvenir brochure so everyone knows you’re a High Roller. Yes, make it rain on this parade!!

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    Champagne Room

    Only 4 available at this level! Treat your friends to the exclusive High Roller experience with four High Roller reward level packages PLUS... your very own private cabana at the Pool Party where you can entertain your friends and enjoy exclusive poolside seats. AND your very own private two bedroom party suite for three nights! Host your own afterparties! Showing us love at this level makes you a hero to strippers.

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    Float Sponsor

    Nothing says “I love strippers” more than your very own float in the Las Vegas Stripper Parade! We have a selection of floats and art cars to choose from and you will be free to add your own signage and branding. Ride in the parade! Includes your very own 2 bedroom private party suite for three nights and VIP entrance for two to all the events on all three days. If you have questions about getting a float email us at info@stripperparade.com

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