LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – It’s a weekend of reminiscing at the Tropicana before it closes for good on Tuesday after 67 years on the Las Vegas Strip.

On Saturday, about 175 former performers from the Folies Bergere show at the Tropicana gathered at the historic hotel to say their final goodbyes.

”It’s going to be hard to say goodbye to the Tropicana, very much,” said performer Denny Pezzin.

”I understand that they need to take it down, but all the memories that go with it… It makes me feel sad,” said Rosemarie Caspary, a former Tropicana showgirl.

Many of these performers spent years, even decades dazzling on stage at the Tropicana until the Folies show was shut down just before its 50th birthday.

”Kind of like it was in the 80′s when we first came here. All the show people knew each other, and we’d go see other shows, and it was a very small community, but now it’s massive,” said performer Wally Eastwood.

Now, as the Tropicana itself bids farewell to its era on the Strip, former and current performers are looking back on the good times.

”In the dressing room every night having fun, enjoying performing all together and having parties together,” said performer Heidi Eastwood.

”We’ve all moved to different states, and we’re coming back here, so to all get together and see all the faces we used to perform with, it’s fantastic,” said Caspary.

They plan to hold on to the memories and friendships formed at the Tropicana that will last long after the hotel is gone.

”It’s going to be hard to imagine the Trop not being here I think for all of us because it has great memories, great times,” said Pezzin.


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