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Numbers show Electric Daisy Carnival, despite bad rap, didn’t bring much crime


Steve Marcus

Confetti falls on the audience as Swedish House Mafia begins their set at the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday June 26, 2011.

2011 EDC: Night 3

A performer takes flight during DJ Avicii's set at the final night of the Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on June 26, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Perhaps the neon stages, funky electronic dance music and costume-like attire of attendees made some shudder at the thought of the Electric Daisy Carnival invading Las Vegas last month. Or maybe it was simply the event’s tarnished image after two drug overdose deaths at similar festivals in other locations.

Regardless, anxieties ran high in Las Vegas before the dance carnival hit town as critics feared mayhem given the city’s party reputation. Even the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authorityshied away from promoting the event.

But when the dust settled — or, in this case, the confetti fell at the festival — officials praised the event for its relatively smooth outcome. In fact, more crime- and traffic-related incidents occurred during the same time in Metro Police’s Convention Center Area Command, which includes the Strip. A breakdown of those numbers is below:

(Source: Statistics from Metro Police and the Clark County coroner’s office. The Convention Center Area Command statistics were collected for the same hours the Electric Daisy Carnival operated: 6 p.m. June 24 to 6 a.m. June 25; 6 p.m. June 25 to 6 a.m. June 26; and 6 p.m. June 26 to 6 a.m. June 27. )

      Traffic citations

      Metro Police issued one traffic citation at the Electric Daisy Carnival during the event’s first and third nights. Police didn’t record traffic citations during its second night.

      Toward the Strip, police issued 106 traffic citations in the Convention Center Area Command during event hours that weekend. The command stretches from Interstate 15 on the west to Swenson Street on the east and is bound by Sahara Avenue to the north and Russell Road to the south.

      Misdemeanor citations

      No misdemeanor citations were issued at the carnival during its first and third nights, and officials said the number for the second night is not known. In the command area, police issued 164 misdemeanor citations during event hours.

      Misdemeanor arrests

      Police arrested 31 event attendees for misdemeanors that weekend compared with 79 misdemeanor arrests in the command area during the same time.

      Gross misdemeanor arrests

      No one was arrested at the event for gross misdemeanors. Police arrested three people for gross misdemeanors in the command area.

      Felony arrests

      This is the one category in which the carnival had significantly higher numbers than within the command area. Twenty-nine people were arrested for felonies at the event — most related to drugs — compared with 14 felony arrests in and around the Strip.

      DUI arrests

      Authorities arrested three people for drunken driving at the carnival. Police arrested two suspected drunken drivers in the command area. No one was arrested for drug use in either area.

      Traffic accidents

      One traffic collision occurred at carnival despite the throngs of people coming and going. In contrast, police responded to 37 traffic accidents during event hours in the command area.

      Other deaths

      Hundreds were treated at the carnival for medical conditions such as heat exhaustion, but no one died. In the command area, one person died during event hours: A 21-year-old man was stabbed to death on a pedestrian walkway between MGM Grand and New York-New York.

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    1. Jackie,

      But what were the specific FINANCIAL numbers that this event brought to our county?

    2. Vegas needs more events like this, most def.

    3. Good report. It was just a couple of low rated local hate talk radio ranters and "ravers" that trashed the event.

    4. WilliamHill,

      Unless the LVCVA or another agency tracked spending that weekend by EDC participants, I don't know how you'd come up with an accurate number. But we do know that hotel room rates were quite high that weekend, so the EDC goers surely dropped *some* money in town, even if they weren't a gambling-and-fine-dining demographic. And then you'd need to figure out the public cost of the event, and it seemed to be minimal.

    5. I'll take the Electric Daisy Carnival crowd over the NBA crowd any day.

      This was a good event and the speedway should look into having more music events. They are set up for large crowds and know how to handle them.

      The prices here were not near as bad at the hotels in L.A. and Texas when the event was held there.

      Profit is not a dirty word, that is what pays your way in Vegas.

    6. WilliamHill - When you have 100k+ people coming into the city money will be spent. Sure it might not be on the fancy restaurants or gaming but rooms will be reserved, cars will be rented, fast food joints will see an increase.

      Harley - Victimizing? They dont have to stay at the strip hotels you know, there are other hotels all over this city. Besides, its called "Supply and Demand". People need a service, the hotels will provide for a nice price, that money goes into paying for people to work too ya know.