Burning Man, an event that started as a bonfire ritual on the summer solstice in 1986, has turned into a week-long annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada.  The event begins on the last Monday in August, and ends on the first Monday in September, and takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy on Saturday evening.  The event is described by many participants as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance. The wooden "Burning Man" started out at nine feet tall, and has grown to over 40 feet tall as the years have gone by.

The 2012 edition of Burning Man was officially 'Sold Out', and drew over 50,000 attendees/participants.  In earlier years, photography and videotaping was prohibited (what happens at Burning Man, stays at Burning Man), but in recent years, those rules have been relaxed - which is good for us, because were those rules still in force, we wouldn't have this video: