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The observance of the Marine Corps Birthday, on or around the 10th of November each year, is a time-honored tradition among Marines. Whether Marines are in the thick of battle or at peace and stateside, they always take a moment to observe the birth of their illustrious Corps.


1st Reconnaissance Battalion is proud to share this unique event of history, tradition, and ceremony that few get to experience. Please join us on 12 November 2021 at Paris Las Vegas Resort Casino in celebrating the Marine Corps' 246th birthday.


Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Colonel Nathan S. Willis


Battlalion Sergeant Major

Sergeant Major George Hernandez 


Guest of Honor

Colonel Eric Thompson Chief of Staff at U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command



The Birthday Ball is one of the biggest events on the Marine Corps calendar. It is a chance to enjoy the evening of tradition and celebrate the history of the Corps.



Dress Blue Alphas and professional business attire for guests. Dress Blue Alphas will not be worn in other venues after the event. 


As the Ball is a formal affair both Marines and guests are expected to behave appropriately and follow rules of proper etiquette. If you are attending the Marine Corps Ball for the first time you are sure to have many questions running through your mind. What should you wear? How should you behave? What does ‘proper etiquette’ mean?


  • Do wear something appropriate for the occasion. A simple way to choose an outfit is to base it on the uniform your service member is wearing. As Marines will be wearing their Dress Blues, female guests should select an ankle-length gown to match the formality of the dress uniform. Male guests should wear a suit and tie or tuxedo.


  • Do be respectful of tradition. One of the highlights of the evening is the ceremony. The ceremony usually lasts around an hour and involves a cake cutting ceremony, speeches, the reading of General John A. Lejeune’s birthday message, and a birthday message from the current Commandant. Make sure you are seated 15 minutes before the ceremony begins and refrain from texting or talking while the ceremony is taking place. During the sequence of events the doors will be closed, please refrain from entering or exiting the ballroom until the conclusion of the ceremony. Lastly, please join us in singing the Marine Corps Hymn during the exit of the official party.


  • Don’t drink more than you can handle. While the Birthday Ball is intended to be a fun occasion it is still a professional event for Marines. Give yourself a limit for the number of drinks you will have and be sure to space them out throughout the evening. If you do decide to drink, please consider booking a room ahead of time or having a plan to get home safely.


  • Do be polite. Always remember to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, and address others by their rank.


  • Do remember to have fun. The Marine Corps has a proud and illustrious history. While it is important to be on your best behavior at the Ball, don’t forget the purpose of the evening; to celebrate the Marine Corps and all of its accomplishments.


Sequence of Events

1800: Cocktail Hour

1900: Ceremony

2000: Dinner

2100: Dancing 


Paris Las Vegas Lodging Discounts !!!!!

25 Rooms will be blocked for reservation on 11 November 2021 at the sale price of $119.00.


50 Rooms will be blocked for reservation on 12 November 2021  the night of the event at the sale price of $159.00.


Rooms will be at a discounted rate with no resort fee. Taxes will be applied. 




Reservations will be made on the following link:




For guests that prefer to phone in their reservations, they may call the Reservation Center at 877-603-4389. However, guests should be aware that a processing fee per reservation will be incurred. Currently, the name of the group is listed as 1st Reconnaissance Battalion 2021 USMC Birthday Ball - Guestroom Block. Callers may also use the group code to identify the group, SPREC1.


Group attendees will be making reservations directly with Property via a dedicated weblink on or before the Group cut-off date of October 12, 2021. 


Individuals must identify themselves as part of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Group to receive the special Group rate.  All reservations must be guaranteed with a deposit for the first night's guestroom and tax charge.  If reservation is guaranteed to a credit card, the first night's guestroom and tax charge, per guestroom, will be billed immediately to the cardholder's account.


Should guests choose to call-in to the reservation call center, they will be assessed a $15.00 plus current sales tax, processing fee. This fee will not apply to reservations made via the internet.


Property policy recognizes a cut-off date for reservations.  Any reservation request received after that time may be accepted on “space available” basis at the prevailing property rates.  Group’s cut-off is Tuesday, October 12, 2021 (the “Cut-off Date”). 


It is Property’s standard policy to require a credit card or cash deposit from individual attendees upon check-in for incidental charges. Check-in time is 4:00 PM and check-out time is 11:00 AM


Childcare will not be provided for the night of the event. 


Returns Policy:

Returns accepted up to 48 hours before the event.

Service charges may apply for the return of tickets as follows:

  1. Return for store credit: 0.00% of the ticket price is deducted
  2. Refund to your credit card: 0.00% of the ticket price is deducted

Exchange / Upgrade Policy:

No exchange

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   When am i Getting My REFUND??? I NEED MY MONEY BACK PLEASE A. S. A.P.

Dec 07, 2021
by: Gilbert Hernandez

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   It got cancelled and I never got a refund

Nov 14, 2021
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     Ball was cancelled and we still haven't had our money refunded

Nov 13, 2021
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   Still waiting for my money

Nov 13, 2021
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