The Burning Man art festival ends with a blast

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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Burning Man attendants get rid of the alien-attracting evidence!

Can you believe it’s September already?! Ugh. Don’t talk to me about it, I’m already mourning summer while I count down the days until school starts. Anyways, more than 61,000 people ended the summer with a bang by attending Burning Man, the week-long annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada. Before you start freaking out, let me assure you that no real men were burned in the process… unless you count sunburns. Burning Man does, however, get its name from burning a wooden man as the final event. So, if it’s not a nightmare-inducing rated-R flick, then what exactly is Burning Man?

Well, it’s an art and music festival that guarantees its attendants will not be the weirdest kids in the classroom! Burning Man has no rules on self-expression or behavior, but rather, encourages each participant to go a little crazy and make the experience enjoyable for all. Art is completely unavoidable at Burning Man; in fact, it’s such a huge part of the experience that the founder, Larry Harvey, sets a theme each year so that participants can bond with one another over their creations. People can dress up in costumes, produce large-scale art pieces to be put on display, and bring gifts to give to one another.

The theme for this year was “Cargo Cult,” which focused on attracting alien visitors to try and stimulate the planet’s faltering economy. Burning Man also invited artists to create space shrines around their huge, flying-saucer-shaped interstellar beacon that would be burned at the end. Apart from art pieces, Burning Man held fashion shows and let people perform original music pieces.

We hope that all the participants perfected their alien-repelling tin foil hats before attending! Yeah, we know they were trying to attract aliens, but you can never be too safe with your brain…

Images courtesy of John Curley on Burning Blog.