Independent Staff Report
WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city will holds its annual Halloween Carnival Thursday in which an estimated 500,000 people will take to Santa Monica Boulevard from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Santa Monica Boulevard will be closed between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard. Admission is free.
The carnival will include three large stages featuring various themes and entertainers. In all, more than 50 artists will perform on six stages. Two of the evening’s highlights will be the crowning of an honorary queen of the carnival and a showcase of the evening’s most creative and outrageous costumes.
This year’s theme is “Noir Night,” celebrating the 1950s, a classic era for West Hollywood’s lifestyle and culture, a place where Humphrey Bogart and Lana Turner became entangled, and where Keystone Cops and the first paparazzi graphic photographers staked their claim, a city spokesperson said.
The Noir City stage on Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard will be emceed by Jeffrey Damnit and include performances by the house band Vaud & the Villains, a staged performance from new LGBT musical “Behind Closed Doors,” and a variety of cabaret and choreography from Halloween Hullabaloo. A performance highlight will include operatic arias from 21-year-old Jonathan Allen of “America’s Got Talent.”
The Speakeasy stage located at Santa Monica Boulevard and Almont Drive will feature 1950s crooner Lynda Kay, the hilarious singer/songwriter duo Better Off Blonde, and the smooth noir jazz stylings of The Toledo Show. Femme fatale and West Hollywood carnival legend Momma will return to emcee the stage.
At the Pulp Friction stage located at Santa Monica Boulevard and West Knoll Drive, Coco Peru plays Nightclub Chanteuse in Drag at the Coco Club. The stage will include performances by the electric Gavin Turek and a full electronic dance set from rising international DJ Zen Freeman. Zen’s set will feature special vignette performances by contemporary burlesque dance troupe Velvet Martini and other guest DJs.
Three additional stages will continue the carnival’s recent tradition to encourage audience interaction. DJ Moses Truzman and emcee Peter Giovine will perform at the Caper Club stage, located at Westbourne Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard; DJ Max Von Ville and emcee Ant will perform at the Ant’s Asylum stage, located at North Palm Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard; and DJ Aaron Colbert will spin at the Hooligans Hall stage located at North La Peer Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard.
Public parking for the carnival will be available at parking lots throughout West Hollywood.
The carnival began in 1987, three years after the city was incorporated.
It is the Southland’s second largest annual event, second only to the Tournament of Roses Parade New Year’s Day in Pasadena.