Hundreds have gathered at the Burning Man festival site despite the event’s cancellation.
Burning Man lives for a few thousand of the faithful. Despite the cancellation of the annual alternative event by the pandemic, some die-hard “Burners” are camping out on the Black Rock Desert playa.
The annual Burning Man is a gathering of artists and tech enthusiasts in the desert, aligning in various camps in a free-spirited festival transforming a stark playa into a community filled with the bizarre and delightful. The event culminates with the burning of a wicker man effigy.
The Bureau of Land Management officials are monitoring the attendees, who are prohibited from building a fire to “burn” the man, as tradition dictates.
“We miss Burning Man, and it makes 100 percent sense that it was canceled. But I feel like it’s our backyard and there’s a lot of space,” said Louise Brock, of Reno to the Reno Gazette Journal.