LAS VEGAS (KXNT NEWSRADIO); An estimated 80,000 people are gathering for the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. The event is one of the largest electronic music festivals in the country, but this is the first time it has come to Vegas. The Electric Daisy is in its 15th year, but has been marred recently by drug and heat-related deaths. There were two fatalities at last weekend’s event in Dallas, and Los Angeles dropped the event after a 15-year-old girl died from an overdose of the drug ecstasy at last year’s L.A. stop.
Nevertheless, organizers are promising stringent security and a “zero tolerance” policy, including security scanners and pat-downs at the entrances, plenty of water and hydration stations, and nurses and ambulances on hand for medical incidents. In addition, Metro Police will have hundreds of extra officers patrolling the event, including undercover officers, mounted officers, and K-9 units. The Nevada Highway Patrol will handle traffic to and from the speedway, with an extra emphasis on watching for alcohol and drug-impaired drivers.
The Electric Daisy is also expected to provide a boost to the local economy, with Las Vegas hotels and casinos filling up with visitors for the weekend. That’s why many community leaders, including Mayor Oscar Goodman, pushed to get the festival here after Los Angeles decided to abandon it.
The Electric Daisy Carnival runs nightly through the weekend from 8 p.m. to sunrise.