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Gate-crashing, Gatecrashing or party crashing (specific to parties) is the act of attending an invite-only event without invitation.[1] The person doing the gate-crashing is known as a gate-crasher.

Reasons for gate-crashing include:

  • avoiding entry fees,
  • gaining access to free food and beverages (often alcoholic),
  • gaining access to a party that they wanted to be invited to,
  • taking pictures of famous people (see paparazzi),
  • having pictures taken with famous people

and more serious crimes like:

Various techniques that involve blending in with the crowd can be used to gain access to some events.[3]

Various measures can be taken to prevent gate-crashers from gaining access such as collecting invites at the door and employing staff to identify potential uninvited guests, but such measures can still be thwarted by a skilled gate-crasher.[4]

Example

A notable case of alleged gate-crashing occurred when Michaele[5] and Tareq Salahi, from Virginia, allegedly gate-crashed the state dinner between President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held on November 24, 2009.

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