With so many fun and interesting things happening all week long in Black Rock City, how do you choose what to do? Some people are philosophically opposed to planning any agenda. They prefer to just see what magically appears to them. A variation on the whole “the Playa will provide” concept which sometimes can be an avoidance of following the “self-reliance” principle.
If you are camped with a “placed” theme camp then you’ll be located fairly close to the Esplanade and your camp will offer something more than just a bar or a party. Some of the theme camps like Costco Soulmate Traiding Outlet require a time commitment from their members. Different groups have activities going at different times.
I enjoy the March of a Billion Bunnies. I knew about it before my first trip to the Playa and had a full pink bunny suit. That first year is when I learned that bunny suits are best in the evening and night temperatures. There are other marches and parades that happen throughout the week. You can choose your identity whether it be Elvis, Santa, Waldo, a bumblebee, a bunny, or a unicorn. The unicorn stampede hasn’t been around as long as the bunny march but hanging out with Charlie the Unicorn art car can be fun. These are all examples of Performance Art as is Lamplighting.
A Seattle based camp provides Black Rock City with Animal Control. Their red jumpsuited staff captures errant furries and gives them their annual shots and tags. It used to be that they were very active at noon time capturing strays but in the last few years their most obvious activity has been at the annual March of a Billion Bunnies. Their arrival at the Bunny March is usually with their art car playing danceable beats. A giant carrot has hung off the front to lure unsuspecting bunnies.
The March begins near BMIR (Burning Man Radio). Bunny wannabees arrive to be “bunnified”. This transformation can include face painting and being given ears.
After bunny faces and ears have appeared new bunnies need to swear off their humanity. They are helped to recite the bunny oath together.
Refreshments while waiting to gather the bunny masses usually include carrot juice. One year a big bowl of carrot juice spilled on the ground. It was completely cleaned up and the soiled playa removed. Leaving the Playa the way it was before the event started is the only way that the Bureau of Land Management will allow Burning Man access to Black Rock Desert.
While the bunnies multiply as bunnies do, the carrots protest against them.
Some bunnies are musical.
Some bunnies like to dance.
Some bunnies like bright colours.
Some bunnies are shiny.
Some bunnies make you want to say, “Why Grandma what big eyes you have…”
Mein Hare (Steven Ra$pa) leads the bunny march.
Sparky captured by Animal Control then getting his shot from the nurse.
Busy BRC Animal Control.
Animal Control tags are swag.
Some years Animal Control runs out of tags and not every bunny gets one.
The bunnies always march to a destination. In 2009 the bunnies marched to the Buddha Bunny, danced around to silly bunny songs, and then watched as the Buddha Bunny lit up in many crazy ways. I was always disappointed that it never returned to the Playa.
One year the bunnies took over ThunderDome.
Another year the bunnies had their family photo taken at the Fishing Pier.
The last two years the bunnies have marched to The Man. In 2013 the flying saucer base had staircases to go up and slides for exiting.
I found a Peeps bunny in the flying saucer base in 2013.
On the Burning Man web site you can read a history of the bunny march.
Join the bunnies!