Every year, celebrities and influencers make the long trek out to the desert for the week-long festival Burning Man. However, this year, many are trying to escape it. Here's all the tea about what's going down at Burning Man 2023.
The nine-day festival is an annual event held in the Nevadan desert. It focuses on building communities, art, and enjoying music together. The event attracts around 70,000 attendees yearly - among them many celebrities. Some famous faces include Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, X owner Elon Musk, pop singer Katy Perry, supermodel Heidi Klum, and many more. However, this year's Burning Man is something out of the British reality show I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! - many are trying to escape the grounds. So, what exactly happened at the famed event?
The answer: a lot of rain, and we mean a lot. Heavy rainfall turned the desert grounds into mud, and attendees became completely stranded. DJ Diplo and comedian Chris Rock hitchhiked on the side of the road for hours before a fan recognized the two celebrities and offered them a ride in his pickup truck. Diplo posted the experience on his social media, offering fans a glimpse into what was happening in the desert. Model Kelly Gale and her fiancé actor Joel Kinnaman were among the other celebrities who were also stranded at Burning Man. Gale posted videos and photos of the couple trying to walk through the mud. They taped plastic bags over their shoes, and Gale nicknamed the festival "Mud Man 2023." The couple managed to get out of the desert and made it back home. However, some weren't as lucky...
Many attendees were stuck in the desert as the festival organizers instituted a driving ban. The burners stayed in place and enjoyed what they could of the festival. One festival goer, Ginger Banks, posted on her TikTok that her camp still served a pancake brunch despite the weather. Now, with the driving ban lifted, burners are leaving the desert. Diplo posted a photo dump from the event before the weather came in and wrote, "yes the 6 mile hike out might have been a highlight."