FAUXCHELLA 2016: Levi's presents Neon Carnival Recap

The only carnival to be at, in the middle of the desert
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The only carnival to be at, in the middle of the desert
neon carnival 2016

The most coveted wristband of Coachella weekend one.

Brent Bolthouse's Neon Carnival has become one of the hardest wristbands to acquire in the Fauxchella universe. This event is always jammed up with party people that only want to keep things going till the wee hours of the morn. Magnetic's Team Fauxchella gives you the play by play recap. #FauxchellaFomo in full effect. 

Rich Kim: It’s Saturday night and you’re in the middle of the desert, during Coachella weekend one. What’s a girl and boy to do??? If you’re one of the lucky ones to be invited…then you know the answer… NEON CARNIVAL!

Neon Carnival ready and waiting to go go go!

Neon Carnival ready and waiting to go go go!

Nicole Spiegel: Back for its 7th annual event, Neon Carnival returned with a vengeance, continuing to maintain its title as the most talked about COACHELLA after party in the desert. Well known for attracting thousands of festival after-partiers and a bevy of celebrities, models, press, bloggers, tastemakers & socialites, this year we saw the return the fan favorite bumper cars, a pethora of challenging midway games, mega slide and the iconic neon light riddled Ferris wheel.

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RK: One thing to note, PARKING IS NO LONGER FREE. Team Fauxchella learned this the hard way by getting swindled by shady parking attendants, hired by Curbstand, who, after taking our $20.00 to park, demanded $5.00 more making our total $25.00, when parking rates were posted as $20 (for shit parking) and $60 (for close to the entrance parking). CurbStand collard shirts were worn by all of the crooked parking attendants, so at least now I know which company and app to stay very far away from. Neon Carnival representatives made it very clear that they were not involved with the parking and apologized profusely for the horrible treatment, and even though we essentially were ROBBED at the beginning of the night, there was a neon Ferris wheel spinning, drinks being poured and a whole carnival to be had. (UPDATE: after contacting Curbstand corporate, they too were shocked and appalled by the parking experience and offered to reimburse us for the parking.)

it's Don Julio all night long...

it's Don Julio all night long...

NS: With the bad experience behind us, we jammed past the herd of “Hollywood-Do-You-Know-Who-I-Am’s” begging and pleading with name dropping tactics at the door, with the hopes of obtaining the coveted wristband, which was intertwined with a rainbow Lokai bracelet, and both needing to be tightly strapped around your wrist in order to enter. Talk about a genius way to keep counterfeiting thieves and bootleggers OUT of the event…

Levi's denim gifting suite in the desert.

Levi's denim gifting suite in the desert.

Hosted by Don Julio tequilaLevi's and RE/DONE, guests were presented with a multitude of deliciously crafted tequila drinks as some of the VIP guests were ushered into Levi’s RE/DONE gifting tents to receive customized denim jackets and pairs of jeans…

Bud Light beer garden for all... 

Bud Light beer garden for all... 

RK: Last year’s carnival was dominated by Don Julio tequila only with tons of bags of Pop Chips (read about it here). This year the carnival reverted to their original ways, because tequila wasn’t the only thing on the alcoholic menu. At the opposite end of the carnival rested a Bud Light beer garden, complete with a large centered bar where buckets of ice cold beers sat for any and all to take. To further complement the bigger selection of drinks, Neon Carnival brought back food for everyone’s inebriated stomachs to enjoy, something that was lacking in 2015’s event. I have to tell you that it’s ALWAYS a happy night when you see a Fatburger truck in sight (peep this)!

the Fatburger truck is always welcome...

the Fatburger truck is always welcome...

DJ Ruckus

DJ Ruckus

NS: As you ventured through the masses on and around the dance floor, rocking to the beats of Neon Carnival hall of famer, DJ Ruckus, carnival workers were randomly passing out Perrier sparkling waters, which is a big point in “the Laws of Fauxchella” and a plus for keeping carnival guests hydrated. 

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Perrier...good for the soul and a parched throat...

Perrier...good for the soul and a parched throat...

Once again Neon Carnival brought back a glam tent sponsored by Batiste Dry Shampoo, that offered dry shampoos and quick hair touchups to insure that all attending guests would look their best, even after partying all day and night in the desert festival.

Batiste to the rescue with the beauty refresher tent

Batiste to the rescue with the beauty refresher tent

And of course the midway was filled to the gills with tons of stuffed animal goodies for the skilled to win. Our editor-at-large, as always, was a ninja at winning too many plushie toys, which he happily gifted to unsuspecting party goers in the Fatburger picnic area. (watch here)

I WILL WIN THIS!!!

I WILL WIN THIS!!!

RK: I guess being a pitcher in high school baseball and a quarterback in junior high football does actually pay off, when you’re trying to get a baseball into a tiny little 4 inch hole, or an oversized softball into a vintage steel milk bottle, or 7 footballs through a tire, in a row, or knocking down steel bottles off a platform…yeah I got skills.

plushies galore...if you can win them.

plushies galore...if you can win them.

NS: The gigantic Ferris wheel did not disappoint and immediately had one of the longest lines at the event. And rightfully so, since it was the only ride that offered some of the best views of the entire Neon Carnival in all of its glory.

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Celebrities of all sorts were out in numbers…if you were lucky, you could get a glimpse of Leonardo DiCaprio chatting up Rhianna. Other celebs like Jermaine Dupri, pro snowboarder Shawn White, Alessandra Ambrosio and members of DNCE like Joe Jonas. So many celebs could be seen amongst the crowds of people, most of them traveling in entourages 10 plus deep, but all of them rocking into the late hours of the morning, just shy of the 4:00 AM hour.

celebrity central...

celebrity central...


RK: The Neon Carnival always turns out to be the biggest and the brightest collection of everyone in the desert, year after year, and Team Fauxchella definitely had a great time frolicking amongst the celebs, wasted youth and dance-happy drunkards, oh wait… that was us! Thank you for the tequila marinated memories! See you next year!

(copy by: Rich Kim: RK & Nicole Spiegel: NS / photos by: Getty Images for Neon Carnival)