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Hundreds Turn Out to Appreciate Go-Go Dancers

City's first ever official Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day draws hundreds to Boystown. A special street party with go-go dancer competitions wows the crowd.

Go-go dancers were out in force Saturday night, and hundreds of residents brought out their dollar bills to show appreciation.

Boystown was buzzing about go-go boys as West Hollywood observed its first ever official , a pre-Halloween party designed to give locals an extra reason to party.

Several Santa Monica Boulevard businesses set up special platforms for go-go dancers, while Larrabee Street was blocked off for a , featuring several go-go dancer competitions.

Crowds of people dropped by the Go-Go Fest to observe the goings on and to tip the dancers. Some were there throughout the evening, others only stayed a few minutes before moving on to restaurants and clubs.

“Everyday is go-go dancer appreciation day at my house,” said actor/comedian Bruce Vilanch. “That other people are moved to celebrate it just warms my heart.”

City councilman John D’Amico, who came up with the idea for Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day, was pleased by the turnout.

“Everything is exactly the way it’s supposed to be. There’s hundreds of people here having a great time and that’s what I hoped for,” said D’Amico.  

Larry Block, owner of the clothing store, agreed. “This is West Hollywood at its best,” said Block, who set up a platform in front of his store and offered free underwear to anyone willing to dance for 15 minutes.

Competition

Some people took Block up on the offer, others were too embarrassed, saying they didn’t have the physique to dance in public. Still others opted to dance on the platforms set up inside the Go-Go Fest area. One man said he had never danced before, but made $100 in 10 minutes.

One the main stage of the Go-Go Fest, some of those dilettantes got up the nerve to compete in the official Amateur competition. Meanwhile professional go-go dancers competed in five categories – Hottest Jock, Best Bootie, Twink, Best Package and Muscle Stud.

Vilanch, Mayor John Duran and actor/TV host Marcellas Reynolds served as the official judges for the competition. But after the first few rounds of competitions, host Scotty B just let the crowds decide the winners.

Those winners then competed for a $1,000 prize and the title of Mr. West Hollywood Go-Go. By the end of the evening, and nightclub dancer Andrew, dressed as a construction worker, took home the title.

The audience was wowed by a choreographed show, “Evolution of Go-Go,” featuring a dozen dancers doing different moves to snippets of dance hits from the 60s to today.

Between each competition, DJ Paulo Ramirez kept the music going to the delight of the crowd.

“This is what a street party should be,” said Alex Johnson. “Great music, hot men and no cover to get in.”  

While Go-Go Day was intended to bring more people to town, there was no noticeable increase in standard Saturday night foot traffic in Boystown.

As for increased business in the area, that may not have happened either. While Block said more people were stopping into his store, he “didn’t know if it was translating into extra sales.”

Nonetheless, D’Amico was optimistic about Go-Go Day becoming an annual event.

“This is just the first year. I’m sure as time goes by, next year’s will be even bigger,” said D’Amico. “I’ve already had a couple of people approach me about being sponsors next year.” 

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Paul October 30, 2011 at 11:07 PM
People were out because it's Halloween weekend and the weather was awesome!!! Most didn't even know about the stupid stripper thing the city foolishly endorsed. They could at least get strippers that are in shape and know how to dance. The majority of the guys dancing look like they haven't worked out in years. VERY skinny, sickly looking! It isn't a job most people would want. VERY degrading and this is the kind of think West Hollywood city council endorses. Says a lot about them doesn't it. Bruce Valance is disgusting to look at! Best to stay behind the scenes doing writing etc..... No one wants to look at your fat ass. GROSS!!!!!
me October 30, 2011 at 11:51 PM
agreed with you for the most part til you put down bruce vilanch
Concerned October 31, 2011 at 01:41 PM
I really hope that now that this silly waste of a "MALE STRIPPER DAY" as it should have been called, is over, that the person I believed in enough to vote for will concentrate on something serious, like more affordable rental options and services for the disabled. I had wanted to give this "special day" that Mr. D'Amico fought for a chance to be a real representation of the art of go go dancing and it's history. Instead, when I saw the competing categories listed it was abundantly clear that this was nothing more than another night of undressed young boys in West Hollywood. Except this day we brought them all into the street. I'm a gay male, but I also strongly want to see my elected officials doing something of great help and substance for the people in their community. This in my opinion was a gigantic FAIL on the part of John D'Amico.
Insider October 31, 2011 at 04:11 PM
"This is West Hollywood at its best." Unfortunately, yes, it is.
MarkD October 31, 2011 at 05:28 PM
So to summarize Paul's statement, "Such horrible food, and so little of it." LMAO
MarkD October 31, 2011 at 05:35 PM
I'm hesitant to say it, but I believe what you're all missing is that "Go-Go Boy Appreciation Day" was intended to be tongue-in-cheek. Not everything has to be deadly serious, somethings can just be for a little bit of fun. I personally have no interest in it, and I think the idea of celebrating "go-go boys" is mildly distasteful (check the substance abuse rates and the overlap between go-go boys and porn performers/prostitution if you want to know what I mean). But in the end, well, at least it's putting a little of the gay back in West Hollywood. And it's certainly less offensive than most of the stuff Heilman and Land have tried to do to run the gays out of West Hollywood and try to create a Disney-like family environment.
lampshade October 31, 2011 at 05:48 PM
I agree with MarkD. This was a great event that makes West Hollywood a "destination" kind of town. I am really happy when the City invests in making sure that "OUR" streets remain lively and welcoming. I hope this event as well as the other micro-events such as the Mardi Gras celebration, which happened last year continue and expand. It gives West Hollywood a flavor and a brand (ie. this doesn't happen in San Diego, Las Vegas, or even LA!).
west hollywould October 31, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Ask the city how much they spent on this. I've heard it cost $40,000 of city money... for a stripshow...
jose November 01, 2011 at 03:42 PM
i see Duran and Prang have kicked off their 2012 re-election campaign....Charming.

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