Two thirds of the Burn attendees like to dress in sparkly/girly/foofy things. That alone is not enough.
SPARKLE PONY, –NOUN, One of the Burner Principles is Radical Self-Reliance. Everyone at a Burn event is expected to bring everything they need to survive for the duration of the event — food, clothes, water and shelter. Yet this principle overlaps with another — the gift economy, where Burners share what they have with those that need. Of course there are those who take advantage of this by coming to the event poorly prepared.
A sparkle pony is a Burner who is under-prepared for basic survival but still managed to pack 2 suitcases full of fabulous outfits. He or she expects the community to take up the slack because they’re just so wonderful and drama inevitably follows when expectations are not met.
Although the word dates back to at least 2008, it was popularized by the SPARKLE PONY CORRAL, a theme camp present in Black Rock City from 2009-2010. Frustrated participants could drop off their camp’s sparkle ponies at the corral where they would be fed, watered, and have their egos stroked by “certifiable experts.” Sparkle ponies received much-needed attention while campmates received a much-needed break.
See also: Tourist.
Secondly: it is not bad juju to use your real name on the playa. Lots of people don't have a playa name. But you may choose one if you don't want to use your own (for whatever reason), and it is considered almost universally good fortune if someone names you . . . although you don't have to accept.