Burning Man can now have 10,000 more stinky, naked hippies than it was allowed to have last year. That means there will be a few more parking spaces in Venice as people head to the the Black Rock Desert Playa north of Gerlach, Nevada for this year's festival Aug. 27 through Sept. 3.
But seriously, after moans and groans from organizers because the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (Burning Man takes place on federal land) put the Man on probation for having too many people last year, it's on.
The BLM approved the party:
The BLM gave Burning Man a one-year permit and a population cap of 60,900, more than 10,000 above last year's limit, organizers announced this week. In 2011 federal officials accused organizers of going about 3,000 people above that cap.
Heck, promoters stated that it “has grown to attract more than 55,000 participants annually” — 5,000 above the 2011 cap.
Are they thumbing their nose at the feds?
Eh. The organizers are hopeful, saying the BLM has indicated the event could grow to 70,000 in the next five years.
Not exactly Electric Daisy Carnival, which claimed that it sold 300,000 three-day tickets and then some. But still, that's a lot of white, liberal people.
Marian Goodell, Burning Man co-founder:
As we celebrate this milestone, we'd like to thank our partners at the BLM and look forward to working with them towards securing a multi-year permit in the near future.
Remember to bring deodorant.