Security will be tight Halloween night in West Hollywood in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shootings, but hundreds of thousands of adult revelers — many of them in risque costumes — are expected for the world’s largest spooky holiday bash.
Officials asked that children and pets be kept away from the event, as the “party of the year is a bit rowdy for innocent eyes.”
Crowds will be so massive that officials warned potential guests to avoid the area if you’re “not a fan of crowds,” as people will be “very loud and very proud” in the community known for its large gay population.
The Carnaval, scheduled for 6 to 10:30 p.m., will take place along Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard.
“I’m amazed each year by the imagination and talent that go into creating elaborate and inventive costumes,” Mayor John Heilman said. “The joy of the crowd is palpable and the celebration is a wonderful testament to the city of West Hollywood’s creativity.”
The Carnaval began in 1987 and has grown annually, evolving into a Southland and national phenomenon. At about 8:45 p.m., Heilman and other city officials will take part in a ceremony, during which the Carnaval king or queen will be crowned. The event will feature multiple stages of entertainment.
Security is likely to be extra tight at the event, particularly in light of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas. City officials reminded attendees that no backpacks, camera cases, tote bags or similar items will be permitted at the event.
Weapons and drones are prohibited, and no alcohol or public drinking is permitted.
“Or, just carry an ID and credit card with you,” officials said.
“With hundreds of thousands of people expected, Halloween Carnaval attracts very loud and very proud guests,” according to a West Hollywood website. “Not a fan of crowds? You may want to head to your neighbor’s Halloween party instead.”
Carnaval-goers are urged to show off their costumes by posting pictures online with the hashtag #wehohalloween.
More information on the Carnaval is available online at weho.org/halloween or by calling (323) 848-6503.
—City News Service
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