By now most of you are now finding out that Street Vibrations is now enforcing a “no colors or no patches” at the event and most hotels are enforcing this rule also. I never will understand this type of behavior by businesses and law enforcement who is always behind these types of questionable illegal actions.
This is discrimination no matter how you slice the pie or how you try to justify to actions of a few who choose to involve themselves in actions that are negative but are not the faults of every biker or person wearing a patch.
I am person who rides a motorcycle and lives this style of bikers and club events, parties etc, so I guess you can call me biker, my friends are bikers and club members. When a business, city, event or police department discriminate against people who are in clubs or where certain colors, they discriminate against me too. I am a PROUD supporter of clubs and I proudly wear some support colored patches, so now that Reno, NV (Street Vibrations) has enforced a ban of people who wear colors or patches, I guess I am one of them.
It is time for us to show cities like this how much it can hurt when you discriminate against bikers or clubs by enforcing discriminating rules to not allow us to be free to express who we are. It is time for us to heard and the best way to do that is to not give Reno, NV your money. Street Vibrations has forgot who really makes this event work, BIKERS & MOTORCYCLE CLUBS! Who come to your city and spend their hard earned money.
Nugget Bans Motorcycle Gang ‘Colors’
SPARKS, NV – Ask anyone who has been around the event and they will tell you the people who show up for Street Vibrations are by and large every day folks who just happen to like to ride.
All are welcome and few cause problems.
But we learned last September during the big fall event, there are elements in this crowd that can be volatile.
Tensions between members of the Hells Angels and the Vagos motorcycle gangs erupted into a brawl on the casino floor. Then shots were fired. One man, the president of a Hells Angels chapter was killed.
In the aftermath, Nugget officials looked for ways to keep it from happening again.
“We looked at shopping malls, public places. We talked with properties in Las Vegas, Laughlin,” says Nugget Executive Vice President Stephen Ascuaga.
The result was a property-wide code of conduct, including a ban on any club “colors,” the distinctive vests and other gear bearing club or gang logos that members wear.
“Really in posting no colors it was an opportunity to say ‘here at John Ascuaga’s Nugget we have a great environment, but here are the things you go by.”
The policy was adopted months ago, but this spring rally will be its first test at such an event.
“We spent a lot of time with the Sparks Police Department how to handle this, how they would support us, but they would be there to help enforce it and actually we have had guests and they’ve been very understanding.”
Out on the street, of course, bikers can wear what they please, but they will be asked to leave it at the door when entering the Nugget.
Others are making their own decisions. At least one other Victorian Square business, Great Basin Brewing, says it will follow the same policy.
Checkout the vendor contract for Street Vibrations: 2012.Contract.StreetVibes_spring