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Thousands of revelers in town for Electric Daisy Carnival

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In this photo provided by Erik Kabik, thousands of people pack one of the stages at EDC in June 2013. (© Erik Kabik/ In this photo provided by Erik Kabik, thousands of people pack one of the stages at EDC in June 2013. (© Erik Kabik/

More than 400,000 people were expected to descend on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for the Electric Daisy Carnival.

The three-night rave runs from dusk until dawn starting Friday, and features some of the biggest names in electronic dance music, like Afrojak, Kaskade and Tiesto, just to name a few. Festivalgoers also enjoy carnival rides and fireworks.

"We've been excited since last summer. When the tickets came out in December, we bought the tickets," said festival attendee Areli Garcia, who traveled to Las Vegas from San Jose.

"In Mexico City just two months ago, there was and EDC. Smaller, but it was EDC. So we went there and we said we need to be in the original one, so that's why we came to Las Vegas," festivalgoer Oscar Martinez said.

New this year, the festival's parent company, Insomniac, announced the event will be streamed live on its website. More than 50 cameras at eight stages will be used to broadcast performances, interviews and behind the scenes footage during the stream called EDC Curated.

The music isn't the only thing attendees are enjoying.

"The people are the reason why I come to see these things. I was very self-conscious before and these random strangers just help me break out of my bubble and become who I am," festivalgoer Trigger Sanchez said. 

"A lot of love, dancing, everyone being cool, friendly," Garcia said.

A study commissioned by Insomniac estimated that $278 million was dumped into the Southern Nevada economy during last year's event. According to the study, 92,000 hotel rooms were purchased and attendees spent more than $45 million on food and beverage.

The study also found that about 95 percent of the ravers traveled from outside Las Vegas.

The Speedway isn't the only place to cash in on EDC, however. The Strip also benefits from the festival.

Signs and advertisements can be see on and all around Las Vegas Boulevard to show off clubs and DJ performances.

"It does everything from feeding the local economy, to booking every room in a hotel, to booking every reservation in a restaurant," said Mike Snedegar of TAO Group, which manages four clubs in Las Vegas, including Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan.

This is the fourth year that Las Vegas has played host to the event. It moved from Los Angeles in 2010 after the death of a 15-year-old attendee who was treated for drug intoxication.

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Copyright 2014 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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