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Braving the wasteland: Live out your Mad Max fantasy

Last updated on: September 29, 2015 14:41 IST
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Thousands of cosplayers, mounted atop muscle cars and monster trucks that would make Mad Max proud, came together in the southern California desert to celebrate the Wasteland Weekend. The annual party imagines a future where civilisation as we know it has collapsed.

The festival sees attendees abandoned in the harsh Mojave desert without modern-day amenities such as electricity and running water.

The festival, accessible only to adults, features topless dancers, fire-breathing stuntmen and performers who fight it out in a life-size reconstruction of the Thunderdome from the third Mad Max movie.

The festival is now the biggest post-apocalyptic themed festival in the world, with this year's being the biggest event to date with 2,500 festival goers.

Enthusiast Byron Priore rides his metallic motorized horse during the Wasteland Weekend event in California City, California. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/ Reuters


Enthusiasts ride their customized vehicles during the Wasteland Weekend event in California City, California. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/ Reuters


Enthusiast Brien Deegan waits on his motorcycle during Wasteland Weekend event in California City, California. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/ Reuters


Enthusiasts cheer during Wasteland Weekend event in California City, California. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/ Reuters


Desirae Hepp, dressed as "Immortan Joe," poses for a portrait during Wasteland Weekend event in California City, California. The four-day event has a post-apocalyptic theme and is inspired by the Mad Max movie franchise. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/ Reuters


Barbara Ellquist (L) helps fellow enthusiast Christine Shea with her costume during the Wasteland Weekend event in California City, California. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/ Reuters


Mike Kemling, dressed as "Wasteland Ranger," poses for a portrait during Wasteland Weekend event in California City, California. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/ Reuters


Enthusiasts ride their customized vehicles during the Wasteland Weekend event in California City, California. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/ Reuters


Johnny Skunt gets sprayed with water during Wasteland Weekend event in California City, California. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/ Reuters


Enthusiasts are tied to a vehicle during Wasteland Weekend event in California City, California. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/ Reuters


Enthusiasts wearing costumes are pictured during Wasteland Weekend event in California City, California. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/ Reuters


People stand at a post office during Wasteland Weekend event in California City, California. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/ Reuters


Jake McKinnon, dressed as "Pez Brother of Wez," poses for a portrait during Wasteland Weekend event in California City, California. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/ Reuters


An enthusiast salutes from a vehicle during Wasteland Weekend event in California City, California. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/ Reuters

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