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04-23-11, 12:37 AM #1
Las Vegas embraces rave shunned by Los Angeles
LAS VEGAS – The Electric Daisy Carnival — with its towering Ferris wheel, celebrity disc jockeys and pulsating lights — is the largest electronic music party in the United States.
The wildly popular multi-day festival is relocating this year from Los Angeles to a desert site 14 miles from the Las Vegas strip, a move that heartened officials in both cities. Sin City leaders are heralding an even bigger party, while those in L.A. are still sensitive to the drug problems and arrests the Carnival sustained a year ago.
"Every time we have a new venue come here that brings thousands of people, it is good for the city," said Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, chairman of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. "The word gets out that Vegas is a good place to party."
Critics, however, warn that Las Vegas has turned a blind eye on the rave festival's darker side. A 15-year-old girl died of an Ecstasy overdose following last year's L.A. event, and more than 226 people needed emergency medical treatment. There were 114 arrests for misconduct, drug possession and other charges.
Promoter Insomniac Inc. of Los Angeles, meanwhile, announced this month that the annual event will add a third day of thumping beats to showcase more than 200 performers on six stages at the Las Vegas site, another testament to the city's reputation for anything-goes revelry.
Los Angeles officials declined to comment on the festival's move.
The mother of Sasha Rodriguez, the 15-year-old Los Angeles girl who died after consuming drugs at the carnival, has said she cries herself to sleep every night.
"Insomniac may not be selling drugs. I don't accuse them of that," said Steven Archer, the Los Angeles lawyer representing Rodriguez's parents. "But they are certainly creating an environment where they know drugs are going to be consumed."
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