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Vegas welcomes as many as 300K to LVMS for the EDC

Reported by: Mackenzie Warren

Reported by: Tom Hawley
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Updated: 6/20/2013 9:38 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP & MyNews3) — This weekend the ravers are taking over.

The Electric Daisy Carnival, the electronic-music festival, kicks off Friday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Whether you get the glow stick thing or not--this means more than 300,000 people will be in town.

News 3 sent Mackenzie Warren to the speedway to give viewers a crash course for what all these ravers means for your weekend.

Up to 300,000 ravers are expected each night this weekend for a dusk-to-dawn sensory overload of electronic dance music, partying and mingling at a sprawling racing complex outside Las Vegas.

Electric Daisy Carnival organizers said Wednesday that all 345,000 available tickets have been sold for the event being held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Founder and chief executive Pasquale Rotella likes to call festival fans the headline attraction at the nocturnal outdoor events.

The festival moved from Los Angeles after the 2010 death of a 15-year-old girl and the arrest of 114 people on misconduct, drug and other charges.

This year's lineup includes more than 200 top deejays pumping out music from seven stages — plus musical acts, artists, fireworks and a big Ferris wheel.

 News 3 has three tips for locals who cringe when the electronic daisy carnival comes to town.

One--it's not the weekend for a “staycation” as.hotel rates are triple than what they are on a typical weekend.

Two--avoid the strip--the party spills over from the speedway and onto Las Vegas Boulevard--the casinos and clubs will be packed.

And three--if you can avoid heading north on I-15, do it.

North Las Vegas residents know what a headache the traffic can be but all that aside, EDC means big business for Las Vegas.

Last year's EDC added about $207 million into the local economy. At least 90 percent of the 320,000 ravers come from out of town and that means big bucks will be spent on hotels and more.

It is estimated that $28 million will be spent on accommodations and close to $20 million on transportation.

Some ravers like to arrive in style--they'll spend their money on a helicopter ride.

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