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WEST HOLLYWOOD — Each year, the City of West Hollywood hosts its incomparable Halloween Carnaval, one of the most unique Halloween gatherings in the world.

This year’s West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval will take place on Thursday, October 31 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on a one-mile stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard.

The event is free and open for all to enjoy, but children and pets are discouraged from attending because of dense crowds.

“The City of West Hollywood’s annual Halloween Carnaval is free, fun, and fabulous. It’s always one of the most exciting events of the year,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “Each year, tens of thousands of people craft the most amazing costumes imaginable. Come in a costume and stay for the music, the creativity, and the camaraderie. See you there!”

Staged over a one-mile stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard/Historic Route 66, the Halloween Carnaval will feature several areas with live DJs who will entertain wildly dressed crowds for a one-of-a-kind experience.

West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico and members of the West Hollywood City Council will host a brief program at approximately 9 p.m. at the San Vicente Stage located at the intersection of Santa Monica and San Vicente Boulevards.

The City invites Carnaval-goers to get into the spirit and show-off costumes by uploading photos to social media sites with the hashtag #wehohalloween.

West Hollywood’s Halloween Carnaval was launched in 1987 and is rooted in the foundation of the City’s diverse culture and community.

The event has grown year-by-year into an annual gathering of phenomenal costumes, entertainment, culture, and self-expression with a myriad of observers, revelers, exhibitionists, and performers.

For more information about the Halloween Carnaval, call the City of West Hollywood’s Halloween Hotline at (323) 848-6503.

Safety

In order to ensure a safe Halloween Carnaval for everyone, the City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station are reminding attendees about important safety guidelines:

  • No alcohol or public drinking will be allowed.
  • No backpacks, camera cases, tote bags, etc. will be permitted (clear plastic bags will be allowed).
  • No weapons, fireworks, or drones will be tolerated.
  • Kids and pets are strongly discouraged.
  • Festival-goers should remember — If You See Something, Say Something.

Transportation

The City encourages Carnaval-goers to leave cars at home, to carpool, or to use public transportation options. Metro offers several transit options to get to West Hollywood. A trip planner is available at www.metro.net.

The City will offer Carnaval-goers two free transit options to help get to and from the Halloween Carnaval:

  1. Cityline (Modified Route) — Cityline Commuter, which connects riders to and from the Metro Red Line Station in Hollywood (stop is located on Highland Avenue, South of Hollywood Boulevard), will run a modified route between Hollywood and Highland and Santa Monica Boulevard/Kings Road via Santa Monica Boulevard from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; and
  2. The PickUp (Special Service) — The PickUp will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. along Santa Monica Boulevard and will stop at all regular eastbound stops between Sweetzer Avenue/La Brea Avenue. Once the PickUp reaches its La Brea Avenue stop, it will take an express route west toward the Halloween Carnaval via Melrose Avenue to its special Halloween stop on Kings Road/Santa Monica Boulevard. From 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., The PickUp will only provide eastbound service from Kings Road/Santa Monica Boulevard to La Brea Avenue/Santa Monica Boulevard.

Street Closures

There will be street closures in West Hollywood on Thursday, October 31, 2019 and the morning of Friday, November 1, 2019. Main closures are:

  • San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue 
    from 12:00 a.m. midnight on Thursday, October 31, 2019, to no later than 7:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • All alleyways between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue 
    from 12:00 a.m. midnight on Thursday, October 31, 2019, to no later than 7:00 a.m. on Friday,  November 1, 2019.
  • Santa Monica Blvd. between La Cienega Blvd. and Croft Ave. / Holloway Dr. 
    from 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019 through 6:00 a.m. on Friday,  November 1, 2019.
  • Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Blvd. 
    from 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • Robertson Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue 
    from 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • Almont Drive between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue 
    from 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • La Peer Drive between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue 
    from 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Cynthia Street 
    from 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • La Cienega Boulevard between Holloway Drive and Melrose Avenue 
    from 4:00 p.m. Thursday, October 31, 2019, to 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • Sunset Boulevard eastbound and westbound turn lanes onto southbound La Cienega Boulevard 
    from 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.

Parking

The City will suspend permit parking restrictions for the Halloween Carnaval from 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019 to 12 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019. Parking meters will be waived citywide from 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019 to 2 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.

Carnaval-goers are reminded to observe the boundaries of West Hollywood. If parking occurs in the City of Los Angeles or in the City of Beverly Hills, all parking restrictions must be strictly observed.

Public parking for the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval will be available at the following locations for a fee:

Kings Road Municipal Parking ($20.00 fee) 
8383 Santa Monica Boulevard
Corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Kings Road 
EV Charging Stations

La Jolla/Havenhurst Lot ($20.00 fee)
1044 La Jolla Ave
Santa Monica Boulevard and La Jolla Drive 

Orange Grove Lot ($20.00 fee) 
1114 N. Orange Grove Avenue
Santa Monica Boulevard and Orange Grove Avenue

Robertson Lot ($20.00 fee)
617 Robertson Boulevard
Robertson Boulevard at Melrose Avenue

Pacific Design Center ($25.00 fee)
8687 Melrose Avenue
Melrose Avenue at San Vicente Boulevard

Queens Lot ($20.00 fee)
8459 Sunset Blvd
Corner of Sunset Boulevard and Queens Road

Spaulding Lot ($20.00 fee)
7718 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica Boulevard and Spaulding Avenue

Sunset Lot ($20.00 fee)
8775 Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard and Horn Avenue

Hancock Parking Structure ($20.00 fee)
901 Hancock Avenue
Santa Monica Boulevard and Hancock Avenue

West Hollywood Gateway ($12.00 fee)
7100 Santa Monica Boulevard (enter from Romaine) (Open 24 hours).  Shuttle service on Santa Monica and La Brea near Starbucks.

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