Massive Michigan party draws guests from hundreds of miles away
Hinton Township, MI (CNN) - Simply epic; that's how a Michigan man describes a massive rave party he held at his family's 100 year-old farm house. But neighbors and police have a few adjectives of their own to describe the gathering.
James Taylor – Hosted Large Party: “People could of been laying out in my yard dead this morning. I'm glad the police were here and the ambulances."
20-year-old James Taylor says it was a party for the record books, capturing some images while standing on the roof of his home with a crowd roughly 2,000 cheering him on. With two DJs, a fire thrower, go-go dancers and strippers, he says he successfully threw the largest party ever to hit west Michigan.
James Taylor: "I didn't force anything down anyone's throat. I didn't make anyone stay here until 7 AM or 11 or whenever it is that everyone finally left. I didn't make this kid pass out on my floor. People wanted to be here. That was their decision."
And it wasn't just outside...
Reporter: "How many people do you think were in your house at one time?”
James Taylor: “Probably at least 500, but that's...”
Reporter: “In this little house?”
James Taylor: “Oh yah!"
Taylor says his home got so crowded that people couldn't move from one room to the other, and the floor boards were shaking because of the all the weight.
James Taylor: "Literally, if you wanted to come let's say the garage and you were walking in, it would have taken you 20 minutes to get to here."
Taylor says it was a gathering to celebrate a high school friend's birthday, and also a goodbye party for him before he moves to California next week. Taylor says his address was given out at about 4 pm on saturday - just enough time for a head's up for people who wanted to attend, but not enough time for word to get out to police.
James Taylor: "I guess someone drove all day, during the party day from Tampa all the way to here, just to come to this party."
The Mecosta County Sheriffs Office says at least 2,000 people - many of them under 21 years old - attended the party, resulting in at least six drug overdoses and the sexual assault of a 19 year-old Mount Pleasant woman.
Reporter: "What do you say to anyone who says you are responsible?
James Taylor: “I am. It's my house. You got to deal with it afterwards, but apparently it was worth it."
Accepting part of the responsibly, Taylor says he was unaware anyone at the party was under-age and says their parents should be held accountable.
James Taylor: "Anytime you point at someone, you got three fingers pointing back at you and if you are a parent that's got a 14 year old child that's been able to be at my house all night, and according to the police there was a lot of them here. So, I think some parents should do some reflections on their parenting before they start getting mad at me."
Now more popular than ever, Taylor isn't ruling out another party.
Reporter: "Any more parties here?
James Taylor: "There's always a coming home party. I feel like anybody that's got a real problem with me partying out here, in the middle of nowhere is a spaz."