Burning Man’s nascent years were organically formed, unregulated and more sparsely attended than what the festival has become.
As Burning Man’s popularity grew, the Black Rock Desert event became a multimillion dollar enterprise drawing 70,000 people to the remote Nevada desert playa.
But the event has been canceled for the second year in a row due to COVID-19. That hasn’t stopped thousands from making the trek to the playa anyway.
An estimated 20,000 people attended this year’s event. Since it was unpermitted, the Bureau of Land Management announced numerous restrictions — including the prohibition of fire and flames. But the restrictions failed to dissuade attendees.
Rather than a man burning on Saturday, dozens of drones were synchronized in the shape of the traditional burning man. Watch the video below captured by Arkadiy Kulev.
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor, and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011, where he completed a dissertation on social media, journalism and crisis communications. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time research appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.