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Burning Man: Fire and Dust Draw 70,000 People to Nevada Desert

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Participants travel across the playa during the annual Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada on Aug. 31, 2017.

The first Burning Man took place on a San Francisco beach in 1986. 

Held in Nevada since 1990 and known for art displays, dust storms and communal living, Burning Man is named for the large effigy burned during the festival.

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Participants perform a shibari rope scene during a driving desert dust storm inside the heart of the "Identity Awareness - Family" art project created by artist Shane Pitzer on Aug. 29.

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Black Rock City is created annually for the weeklong counterculture celebration. 

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A performer stands on the mutant vehicle Robot Heart.

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Members of the "Revolutionary Motion" fire conclave spin fire in front of the effigy of "The Man" just before the effigy is burned on Sept. 2.

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Participants who use the name Jill Trashley and Recycle Michael of Burning Man's "Recycle Camp" are illuminated by flames as they watch the effigy of "The Man" burn.

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People aboard "The Giant Cock" art car ride across the desert at night on Aug. 30.

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"The Man" is engulfed in flames on Sept. 2.

RELATED: Burning Man Attendee Dies After Running Into ‘Man Burn’

 

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The effigy of "The Man."

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Dancers perform as the "Playa Players Collective" orchestra play Stravinsky's "Rites of Spring" in front of an art project called the "Tree of Tenere" created by a group of San Francisco artists on Aug. 30.

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Pili Montilla wears a headdress during the festival on Aug. 29.

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Members of the carrot team try to prevent members of the Bunny March from reaching the Man on Aug. 31.

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Participants ride past an art installation on the playa on Aug. 31.

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Participants explore the playa on Aug. 28.

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Participants make their way past an art installation on Aug. 30.

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