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How to prepare for Electric Daisy: Drink water, try not to die

Gee, with all the gloomish, hand-wringy foreboding surrounding the upcoming Electric Daisy Carnival -- drugged and dehydrated teens dropping like drugged and dehydrated flies! -- you almost get the impression that the ravey concert bash is less, well, a ravey concert bash than some malignant, kid-killing force that just happens to have a danceable beat. Muahaha!, etc.

As if to buttress that depiction, there's the roundup from the Dallas version of the event, which went off this weekend. From the Dallas Observer blog:

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By 1 a.m. this morning, at least one attendee at Saturday night's Electric Daisy Carnival in Fair Park had been declared dead. At least another two dozen had been hospitalized. After a first year in Dallas that had been deemed a "phenomenal event" by city officials, the second Dallas installment of the Los Angeles-based Insomniac Events-presented Electric Daisy Carnival was fraught with mishap. "They're dropping like flies," said one fire-rescue officer of the attendees at the 2011 Dallas-based Electric Daisy Carnival shortly after midnight, as four of his department's trucks sat backed up in Baylor Hospital's emergency room drop-off area. Earlier in the night, paramedics had been instructed to start dropping off those in need of emergency care at other hospitals around the city for fear of overwhelming the Baylor staff. Meanwhile, less than two miles away, just outside the Automotive Buillding in Fair Park, fire-rescue and emergency medical services officers had set up on-site command posts at the festival.

That's prompted County Commissioner Steve Sisolak to call for taking a second look at the party. In the meantime, some possibly life-saving advice: Drink plenty of water and avoid the funny pills.

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As a longtime journalist in Southern Nevada, native Las Vegan Andrew Kiraly has served as a reporter covering topics as diverse as health, sports, politics, the gaming industry and conservation. He joined Desert Companion in 2010, where he has helped steward the magazine to become a vibrant monthly publication that has won numerous honors for its journalism, photography and design, including several Maggie Awards.