The grand and intense Ultra Music Festival is quickly approaching. A gazillion ravers and electronic music lovers have gathered on the bay in Downtown Miami to party till they drop for 14 years now. That's only one away from its quinceañera, a big deal down here.
With Kraftwerk onstage, LED ties will be big this year. Make your own. At Ultra, all things that glow are good. When it's dark at night, glow sticks will guide your path around the park and offer fun-to-look-at trails.
It's cool to look like an acid-induced Shetland pony hallucination. You'll be sweaty in your furry leg warmers, but it's the thing to do, so just do it. Deadmau5 gear is also encouraged.
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OK. Maybe these aren't cool, but they're practical. Gotta keep those hands free for raving!
7. Hula-Hoops and other toys
Ultra is, beyond the music and community, a time to play, so bring your toys.
6. Your elbows
If you're going to maneuver your way through 150,000 people, you need to use your elbows and "excuse mes" a bunch. Polite works, but sometimes, you'll just have to go headfirst and plow your way through the sea of partiers. The more glowing items on your body, the quicker the sea of folks will part.
5. Closed-toe shoes
It's definitely dusty out there at Bayfront Park. Do not, we repeat, DO NOT wear sandals. Closed toe is the way to go. Catch these bad boys up there. They'll light your way into the night.
4. Goggles, preferably tinted
The dust may also get into your very sensitive eyes. The sun will be intense. Your pupils may be dilated. It's Miami! Bring some tinted goggles, and at night, they look kinda cute on your head.
This may be obvious, but you're going to need that map to find all the many hidden stages and, of course, the bathrooms.
Be nice to your ears and plug those babies up! They'll thank you later by still working.