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Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 6:16pm
A popular event in Europe is making it way to El Paso this weekend. The event "Crystal Dreams 7" is bringing a paint party to the Sun City. Organizers say this is an event two years in the making and they're excited that it's finally almost here.
Cohen Stadium is getting ready to host El Paso's first-ever paint party. "Everyone comes in white and we have paint for sale. And the paint's washable," said event organizer Raul Revilla. "It's all neon fluorescent paint. We have black lights everywhere."
Event organizer, Randy Ponce says, "Everybody goes wild and throws paint on each other with bottles, with spray guns, with super soakers."
Although this is something new to El Paso, paint parties have been around for years in Europe. "In Europe they get over 100,000 people over there and they're a lot of fun. People in Europe get all crazy with it," said Revilla.
More than 20 DJs, including some big names, will be spinning tunes on three different stages at the stadium.
"We have the Caffeine Tour, featuring DJ Micro and Dave Aude. Micro's coming from New York City. We've got Dave Aude coming from Los Angeles and we've got our headlines Armand Van Helden of Duck Sauce. He's coming from New York City," said Revilla.
104.3's Johnny Kage, will be one of the DJ's getting the party going. He say there'll be no shortage of entertainment. "There's great festivities planned, great acts planned, from stilt walkers to the fire dancers to the go-go dancers. I mean there's all sorts of talent that El Paso has," said Kage.
"We're going to bring out the biggest fire we have. We'll also be debuting our zombie slayers. I won't say what that is. You just have to come and see it," said fire dancer Georgina Armendariz. And if you want to cool off, they've got you covered.
"We have a pool set up over there. We got a swimming pool if people wanna jump over in the pool. There's gonna be people in their bathing suits. It's gonna be a good party," said Revilla.
There'll be paint for sale at the all-age event, as well as alcohol for people 21 and up. Organizers say expect 3,000 people at the event, many coming from Juarez, Las Cruces and even Albuquerque.
"We're gonna have a countdown at 11 p.m. We're gonna have paint cannons, confetti cannons, so right at 11 p.m. we're gonna shoot paint off the stage. Everyone's gonna get soaked with paint, unless you stand really far away from it," said Revilla.
"You gotta take advantage of these events because it's not like every weekend that they're coming," said Kage.
The paint party will be held at Cohen Stadium this Saturday. It starts at 6:00 p.m. and goes till 2:00 a.m. Tickets are $20 in advance.
Tickets on sale at Homme Work, All that Music & Video, The Headstand and at Cohen Stadium Box office or www.diablos.com.