The sound of wind and waving trees was replaced by bass, lights and a cheering crowd Sunday as SnowGlobe kicked off in South Lake Tahoe for its third consecutive year.
Thousands of people in bright, warm clothes poured into the event for the three-day music festival, which had them dancing, jumping and singing through the night.
Some festivalgoers made their valiant return, while others — such as 22-year-old Zoe Thomas — participated for the first time.
Thomas came with her twin sister and roommate, all of who were visiting from the Sacramento area, she said.
“Most people here are here for the exact same thing: the music and the atmosphere,” Thomas said. “Everyone’s just trying to have a good time. There’s nothing negative here at all.”
On SnowGlobe’s opening night, Thomas said her group was planning on taking it easy since they were attending the festival all three nights.
“We’re going to take it more mellow tonight,” she said. “Then tomorrow, we’re going to rage pretty hard.”
Apparently the festival did “rage” pretty hard Sunday, as the city of South Lake Tahoe posted a memo on its website addressing an increase in noise from the previous year.
“The lack of snow this year (2013) is contributing to sound being heard farther and louder than last year, although sound levels on site are the same as in 2012,” according to the city website.
Officials asked SnowGlobe to lower the sound below what is required by the permit to compensate for the lack of snow, the website reported.
In all, there were about 15 noise complaints Sunday, City Manager Nancy Kerry said Monday.
Overall, the first day of the festival went “pretty well,” Kerry said. Aside from noise levels, transportation and trash cleanup seemed to make an improvement.
Festivalgoers had also reported positive experiences, and many were excited about New Year’s Eve in South Lake Tahoe. Roseville resident Kathryn Flint was one of them.
“It’s my first time ever doing something on New Year’s,” the 34-year-old said. “So I thought I would go big.”