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Austin Celebrates the End of the World in Style

Austin Celebrates the End of the World in Style
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Austin is a city that knows how to ring in the apocalypse in style. End of days parties were slated to take place around the city. At one, hosts plans to roast three pigs ("Mayan Style") while an artist decorates faces "with Mayan glyphs."

But I'm not sure any of the fetes can top the one pictured below. It's a multi-tent ode to decadence and delight. The "end of days soiree" is hosted by video game mogul, and it's been two years in the making. According to DNA:

the party will take guests through games, challenges and performances by hedonists, evangelists, UFO watchers and transcendentalists, all set up in camps along mythical ley lines, or earthly energy fields, which they say crisscross the Garriott de Cayeux property in Austin.


Guests watch as a performer twirls around the pole in the "Hedonist" tent at Richard Garriott de Cayeux "End of the World Soiree" dress rehearsal in Austin, Texas. (Erich Schlegel/Reuters)


Party hosts Richard and Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux at their "End of the World Soiree" dress rehearsal in Austin, Texas. (Erich Schlegel/Reuters)


Robin McShaffry holds a fluorescent light bulb as it is lit up by the sparks emanating from a Tesla coil and hitting the Faraday Cage in the "Science" area of Richard Garriott de Cayeux's "End of the World Soiree" dress rehearsal in Austin, Texas. (Reuters/Erich Schlegel)


"Brother Hall," played by Jarrett Crippen, gets the congregation up for the end of the world in the "Salvation Tent" at Richard Garriott de Cayeux's "End of the World Soiree" dress rehearsal in Austin. (Erich Schlegel/Reuters)

Amanda Erickson is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic Cities. All posts »

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