Every year in West Hollywood, the streets of Santa Monica Boulevard are host to the world’s largest Halloween party. Each October 31st, up to half a million people congregate for the biggest street party on earth. The West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval starts at 6pm and is free for all to attend, with excellent live entertainment and food vendors from across the city providing plenty to see and do. Some of the most exciting costume creators use the Halloween Carnaval as an opportunity to try some of their more eccentric ideas, and with the event culminating in the grand Halloween Costume Contest and the crowning ceremony of the Honorary Queen of the Carnaval, there is no excuse not to dress up.
For 2013, the theme of the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval is ‘One Night Noir’ – with 6 stages of entertainments and more than 50 live performances, from dance and music to the more unusual acts. The entertainers last year were received incredibly well so this year is set to be better than ever. The ‘One Night Noir’ theme brings together the best of the downbeat action heroes, gritty crime characters and of course, the ultimate femme fatales – all with a Halloween horror twist.
Starting in 1987, the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval has run every year since its founding with strong numbers each time, but ever since 2001 the party has been growing even larger for those in boutique West Hollywood hotels. With 350,000 guests in 2001 and up to 500,000 visitors expected this year, the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval is a major event in the city’s calendar. In fact, the Carnaval is the second largest annual event in the whole of the Los Angeles area, with only the New Year’s Day Parade by the Tournament of the Roses being larger. With dance floors, food trucks from local businesses and plenty of entertainment within its wonderful theme, it is an incredibly unique event.
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