Organizer: Party for thousands will ‘be safe’

Clayton Brann, who is planning a large party -- which he's calling Project Michigan -- in Holland. (Aug. 7, 2014)

ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. (WOOD) — The same day authorities announced charges against three people for holding a rave in Mecosta County, an Allegan County 19-year-old says he can do better.

Clayton Brann appears to view the response to last weekend’s rave, advertised as Project P, as a challenge.

“See, this is what happened, because everyone was like, ‘Oh, Project P, oh my God, nobody can throw a better one than this!’ And I was like, wait, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa,” he said. “How we’re doing this (is) we watched how Project P did their party and we took out all the dos and don’ts, we took out everything they did wrong.”

The 19-year-old said he plans to throw a party somewhere in West Michigan in a couple of weeks that will be even larger than Project P.

“All I’m really trying to do is show that I can bring all these people together and have a blast and be safe about it,” said Brann.

He calls his event Project Michigan. A Facebook page for the event says nearly 4,000 people plan to show up. Brann said closer to 10,000 have sent him messages about the event.

When asked how he would control that many people, Brann said “Man, I got a way with people. I got a way with people.”

He says everyone will be carded and only people over 18 will be allowed in. He also says security will be on hand. He wouldn’t say if alcohol would be allowed at the event, but he did say it would not be served. The Facebook page said the event was “BYOB.”

When 24 Hour News 8 asked if Brann would take responsibility if something goes wrong, he responded, “I’m a man, ain’t I?”

“I’m 19 years old. I have to,” he continued. “This is my party. This is my responsibility. I have to take full commitment and I’m OK with that.”

“In Grand Rapids it’s the chokehold on the urban side and being able to throw events and stuff is so tight, that we’re forced to throw an event in the woods or somewhere else because no one will open the doors to do it in a safer manner,” said Jus Flyy, the co-organizer of the event.

Allegan Police Chief Rick Hoyer said authorities can’t do anything until an actual party happens.

“We can’t arrest people, we can’t seek warrants on things that may happen,” said Hoyer.

He said that law enforcement does plan to talk to Brann and encourage him not to hold the large event.

“There’s nothing healthy going on at these rave parties as we’ve seen in Mecosta County,” Hoyer said.

He went on to say that parents of teens need to do their part to make sure a huge event like what happened in Mecosta doesn’t happen in West Michigan.

“We know that there are a lot of illegal activities and actions taking place at these [parties], unfortunately. This is where parents really need to become involved and really need to step in and be a part of their kids’ lives,” said Hoyer. “Five seconds of your life and that choice or decision that you make can impact the rest of your life and there’s going to be consequences for this if it does occur.”

Hoyer said that it’s a higher likelihood that something bad will happen when there’s such a large crowd, and when drugs and alcohol are likely to be present.

“We don’t control human behavior and bad decisions get made,” said Hoyer.

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