Mad Decent Block Party 2014 at Rawhide in Photos

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Thousands upon thousands came to Rawhide Western Town in Chandler on Friday, September 12, all of whom had pretty much the same goal in mind -- partying their asses off at the Valley's biggest electronic dance music event of the year, the Mad Decent Block Party.

They came clad in off-kilter costumes, neon-colored clothing, snarky t-shirts bearing such declaratives as "Sorry Dad" and "Roll Hard or Go Home," or very little clothing at all. And they transformed an acre of grass on the grounds of the kitschy theme park into a flashy and frenetic wonderland of raging fueled by the music of Diplo, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis, Zeds Dead and other Mad Decent DJs, performers, and special guests. (Hell, rapper Waka Flocka Flame even showed up to party.)

Here’s a look back at the party in both pictures and animated GIFs.

Photos by Benjamin Leatherman