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Photos: Halfway to EDC at Marquee Dayclub morphs into winter pool party

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The 2014 Halfway to EDC and first winter pool party at Marquee Dayclub with headliner Dash Berlin on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

First Winter Pool Party at Marquee

Terry Placker, Patrick Fulgham and Axel Alvarez show off their physiques during the Halfway to EDC and first winter pool party at Marquee Dayclub on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

2014 Halfway to EDC at Marquee With Dash Berlin

The 2014 Halfway to EDC and first winter pool party at Marquee Dayclub with headliner Dash Berlin on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

February might not exactly be swimsuit season, but try telling that to the more than 5,000 revelers who stripped down and hit the pool at Marquee Dayclub in the Cosmopolitan on Sunday for the club’s third-annual party Halfway to EDC.

The event, held in partnership with Electric Daisy Carnival honchos Insomniac, kicked off the six-month countdown to the dance music festival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a roster of DJ heavyweights including Candyland, Paris Blohm, Firebeatz, Kennedy Jones, Jason Lema and headliner Dash Berlin.

Like a scantily clad, confetti-addled flipside of Christmas in July, the EDC-styled winter pool party, the club’s first, featured dancers in the festival’s signature “sexy Alice in Wonderland”-style garb, not to mention a fellow in a suit made of mirrors and a few little people in drag, for good measure.

By 1 p.m., daytime partygoers were chomping at the bit to get a taste of the rave revelry, packing the second-level entrance with a line that wrapped around four times and back into the corridor near the old Chelsea Ballroom.

Inside, fans jumped on tables and couches, splashed wildly in the pool and covered every conceivable surface of the club with dancing feet and spilled booze. Somewhere in the throbbing crowd of the outdoor dance floor, someone commenced bumping a pair of crutches above their head in time to the music.

The critical mass of dance party evangelists didn’t let up even after the sun set, thanks in no small part to the 22,000-square-foot, temperature-controlled Dayclub Dome, which kept the space warm without the compulsory heat exhaustion that comes with the summer sun.

The structure is coming down next month, but the club would do well to put it up sooner next winter — for all the escapism Las Vegas clublife caters to, it makes sense that visitors would be hungry to throw off their coats and bask in a little summer fantasy.

In the meantime, they’ll just have to keep counting down to EDC.

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