Electric Daisy Carnival coming to Joliet
By Bob Okon email@example.com May 7, 2013 10:36PM
Updated: June 9, 2013 6:46AM
The Electric Daisy Carnival is expected to bring about 30,000 fans of electronic dance music a day to Joliet over the Memorial Day weekend but should not be much more of a challenge to the city than a NASCAR race, the event organizer and city officials said Tuesday.
“Our fans may look different than NASCAR fans,” said Simon Rust Lamb, chief executive for Insomniac, which runs the Electric Daisy Carnival. “But people are here for a good time. ... I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.”
The music carnival runs May 24-26 at Chicagoland Speedway. Joliet joins Las Vegas, New York and London as cities that are hosting Electric Daisy Carnivals this year.
Lamb on Tuesday gave the Joliet City Council a report on the scope of the carnival before the council approved a permit for the event, which will have 375 security guards present, an on-site urgent care center and lots of free water for patrons.
“We’ve been working for months on this plan with the Joliet Police Department. We take this very seriously,” Lamb said.
Joliet police and fire officials compared the event to a NASCAR weekend but said they will be deploying fewer off-duty personnel for Electric Daisy Carnival than they would on a race weekend.
“I’m real confident in this event,” Police Chief Mike Trafton said.
Trafton said he and other police officials have consulted with Las Vegas police about the big Electric Daisy Carnivals there that draw about 115,000 a day. He said Las Vegas police were “very complimentary” about the way the event is run.
“We copied their plan but on a smaller scale,” Trafton said. “We’ve handled crowds much bigger than this at Chicagoland Speedway.”
In other business Tuesday, the council agreed unanimously to move the time of its Monday workshop meetings from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., a change aimed at making the meetings more accessible to working people.
Newly elected Councilman Jim McFarland proposed the change, saying that he had frequently heard complaints about the early meeting time during his campaign.
“The average Joliet resident is working at 3:30,” McFarland said.