'Burners' leave parking lots for soggy desert

The Burning Man effigy is part of the counter-culture celebration each summer. (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)
The Burning Man effigy is part of the counter-culture celebration each summer. (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/26 3:28 pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Organizers of Burning Man counterculture gathering say attendees can now head to a dry lake bed after spending the night in Reno parking lots.

The so-called "Burners" were turned back at the gate to the Black Rock Desert on Monday after rain turned the lakebed to mud.

Hundreds camped out overnight at the Wal-Mart parking lot. Nearly a hundred other RVs pulled into the parking lot of the Grand Sierra Resort casino, across the street.

A woman from Oakland, California, who identified herself only as "Driftwood," said they're just trying to stay positive.

The weeklong desert gathering offers theme camps, art exhibits, all-night music and guerrilla theater. It culminates with the burning of a towering wooden effigy the night before Labor Day. A record 68,000 people attended last year.

 

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