BURNING MAN 2015 PHOTOS (Coming Aug. 28 to Sep. 5 in 2016)

 

Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. In this crucible of creativity, all are welcome.

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Burning Man 2016 takes place August 28 – September 5, 2016 in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Participants join in the effort to co-create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to art and community.

Burning Man isn’t your usual festival. It’s a city wherein almost everything that happens is created entirely by its citizens, who are active participants in the experience.


 

The craziest costumes of the 70,000 festival-goers at Burning Man 2015

It's the annual festival of art, music and everything else, but there's no denying that Burning Man has become best known for the months of effort that 'burners' put into their outlandish outfits

 

Psychedelic: The festival, now in its 29th year, ended on Sunday, following the burning of the Temple of Remembrance

Burning Man is an annual music and arts festival that takes place at the end of August in the Nevada desert, where attendees - called burners - dress up in elaborate outfits to party for a week before burning the temporary city to the ground

The desert setting of the festival poses unique challenges for Burners, as temperatures can be as high as the 80s during the day and dip 40 degrees at night

Matching: This couple appeared to have coordinated their costumes so they were in theme with each other in black 

Tens of thousands of brightly dressed attendees filled out the five-mile stretch of the Nevada desert known as the 'playa'

Although cell phone reception was said to be unreliable at the site, some revelers managed to beam out festival snapshots

On-point: The reveler appeared to have taken the 2015 Burning Man theme, Carnival of Mirrors, extremely seriously 

'My boyfriend is out of town': Costumes that made bold statements were a common sight, such as this woman 

The festival celebrates community, inclusion, creatively and anti-consumerism, and many cross-dressers were in attendance

Wild west: The country western and cowgirl look featured prominently among many female revelers 

Pretty: Tens of thousands of brightly dressed attendees filled out the five-mile stretch of the Nevada desert known as the 'playa' for the week-long arts festival

Months of planning goes into the many costumes worn by 'burners' in the ad-hoc city that rises from Nevada's Black Rock Desert each year

The elabortate costumes that have become commonplace at the festival seem to have no limits in terms of creativity 

Practical: When dressing for their days, revelers have to prepare for sand storms, scorching sun and dramatic temperature changes

Thousands of attendees have now left Black Rock City and the Burning Man festival, with the mass exodus lasting through Monday

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