Neal Katyal’s prop hat Burning Man selfie wasn’t on anyone’s bingo card

Supreme Court Attorney Neal Katyal was a surprise attendee at Burning Man 2023, and his selfie in a patterned shirt and prop hat went viral.

At the weekend’s Burning Man festival, about 70,000 people were stranded in the Nevada desert after unexpectedly heavy rains inundated the site. Attendees were told to conserve food, water and fuel and to take shelter in the Black Rock Desert as the entrance was closed and they were stuck at the venue.

Officials announced on Saturday that one person had died at the event; It was confirmed on Sunday that it was “unrelated to the weather”.

The stranded visitors were able to begin evacuating the site on Monday after rain left conditions too wet and muddy for vehicles to leave the site. A few brave guests braved the difficult conditions, including Neal Katyal, former Acting Attorney General of the United States.

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SEE: Neal Katyal dons a prop cap during an unexpected visit to Burning Man 2023

Katyal, 53, enjoyed the week-long desert camping in his eccentric patterned shirt and matching prop cap until the weather turned bad. The Supreme Court attorney enhanced his vivacious look with a gold chain attached to a white bust with a fearsome face.

Burning Man organizers told guests they could walk about five miles from the festival site to the nearest town of Gerlach, from where shuttle buses would take them to Reno. They remarked, β€œIt’s not an easy solution, but it’s a possible one if you need or want to do the trek.

Katyal was one of those who survived the journey.

Described as an “incredibly harrowing six-mile journey,” Katyal gave his Twitter followers advice on how best to approach the trek based on his first-hand experience.

The attorney claims the hike was “very slippery and the mud was like cement and stuck to the boots. It has quicksand properties.”

Katyal, who served as acting attorney general during the Obama administration, warned that others stranded at the festival site should not make the trip unless they are in good shape and part of a group.

“It’s been pretty tough and will get harder when it rains more,” he warned. β€œUnless you really think they can do it safely, tell your friends about the hike. There are treacherous places that are worse than walking on ice.”

Katyal also recommended those who were out and about to put plastic bags on their bare feet before putting on socks and boots to avoid getting soaked from the high levels of mud.

Twitter can’t get enough of Neal Katyal’s fashion standout

While his performance at Burning Man was unexpected, we – like many on Twitter – are more focused on his outfit choices.

“If Neal Katyal walking six miles across a muddy lake in a propeller cap isn’t inspiration for a future Christopher Nolan movie, I don’t know what is,” one fan joked.

The Propeller Hat was not on our bingo card 2023:

His headgear was the ticket out there:

Not everyone is a fan:

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Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Emma Bowman by emailing

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