That sounds pretty normal. I've never lived anywhere where people didn't have blaring parties that got up the neighbors' noses at some point. You can always find at least one neighbor to complain about something.
Call me a prude but not to me. I know what a normal party is but I don't consider it normal if the party goes on over twelve hours and at a sound level that bothers people half a kilometer away. I did live next door to a guy once who had parties from four in the afternoon until noon the next day. He and his friends sang karaoke out of key for hours so loud it was impossible for anyone in the building to sleep. At some point they would wind down like they ran out of batteries, then start again full speed after a while. Turns out he was a drug dealer. I was so, so glad when he moved away (or was arrested, I don't know which). No more noise and no more prospective clients hanging around in the hallways of an otherwise respectable building.
Same here, this isn't normal at all. Parties like this happen rarely and when they do, they are tied to sth big, like a 40th as in this case. No one should take it as a given that neighbours regularly have loud parties.
The only way parties can go on like that is indeed only with the help of drugs. Cocaine for one will help with it and cocaine is notoriously used by "the rich and the beautiful".
I don't begrudge Vic's private bday party. The country and its people aren't that greatly off as some Swedes here note, but that really isn't a reason why anyone should cancel their private celebration of a milestone. People should rightly criticize any gauche extravagance (hired elephants or crazy stuff like that, extravagant food no one can afford etc), but to say that she shouldn't have had any party is too crass imo, she's still a human who wants to celebrate important milestones in her life with her nearest and dearest.
If the party went on like it is said, then shame on them for not respecting their neighbours. And as said before, the only way to party for many hours like that is only possible with the help of drugs.
Yeah, I've also never lived in a place where the neighbors partied hard like that. Well, no, I take that back. I did live in a sorority house in college, and our neighbors were three fraternities. But in my adult life, or as a child, no. I've never encountered that. I even lived one block south of the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood for a couple of years, and even then I didn't have neighbors partying it up all night.
I also want to know how these adults are able to party all night like that without drugs. I could go until maybe 2 AM, if I really push myself, but I'd need three days to recover.