West Hollywood celebrates Halloween

11/01/2013 2:48 pm0 commentsViews: 82
West Hollywood the world’s largest Halloween festival  Photos by Gary McCarthy

West Hollywood the world’s largest Halloween festival
Photos by Gary McCarthy


From Staff and Wire Reports


WEST HOLLYWOOD — Each year thousands of people gather on the streets of West Hollywood for the world’s largest Halloween festival and Thursday was no different.

With Queen Latifah reigning as queen of the Carnaval the city welcomed an estimated 500,000 people to celebrate along Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard as more than 50 artists performed on six stages.

The city bills the event as the Los Angeles area’s second-largest annual event behind the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day in Pasadena.

The Noir City stage at Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards included performances by the house band Vaud & The Villains, a staged performance from the new lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender musical

“Behind Closed Doors” and a variety of cabaret choreography from “Halloween Hullabaloo.”

Jonathan Allen, a contestant on “America’s Got Talent,” performed operatic arias.

The Speakeasy stage at Santa Monica Boulevard and Almont Drive featured 1950s singer Lynda Kay, the singer-songwriter duo Better Off Blonde and the noir jazz group the Toledo Show.

There were performances by Gavin Turek and a full electronic dance set from DJ Zen Freeman, featuring special vignette performances by the contemporary burlesque dance troupe Velvet Martini, on the Pulp Friction stage at Santa Monica Boulevard and West Knoll Drive.

Three additional DJ stages were located at Westbourne Drive, Palm Avenue and La Peer Drive on Santa Monica Boulevard.

One person was burned at the carnaval, authorities said.

The burn injury was reported at 10:25 p.m. in the 8500 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, near one of the performance stages.

The victim — said to be a 50-year-old man — was taken to a hospital in unspecified condition, said Rey Dong, supervising dispatcher with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

One person suffered a head injury in the area of Hilldale Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood and was taken to a hospital at about 11:20 p.m. Thursday, county fire dispatcher Ed Pickett said.

There were another 100,000 people on the streets in Hollywood, where about 75 people were arrested on suspicion of drunk and disorderly-type offenses, Sgt. Leonard Calderon of the LAPD’s Hollywood Station said early Friday.

Elsewhere, a boy wearing a G.I. Joe costume was separated from his parents for about 45 minutes Thursday on Wilton Place at Third Street in Koreatown. LAPD Olympic Area officers say it was merely a miscommunication in the trick-or-treat hubbub.

There were no trick-or-treat-oriented injuries in Los Angeles as of late Thursday, according to Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department.





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