City Expects 400,000 at West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

Three large stages will feature different entertainment throughout the night.

City officials said Monday that they expect the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval, set for Wednesday, to .

In 2011, for the famous Halloween celebration.

City Special Events Manager Cleo Smith said Weho will spend $855,384 on the Carnaval event, which includes staffing and waived fees. 

The city also recently released the entertainment lineup for the Carnaval, where three large stages will feature different entertainment throughout the night.

The Drag Hotel of Horrors stage will be located at Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards. Featuring a rock-and-roll drag show, the stage is being emceed by Jeffrey Damnit and performers will include Donovan Leitch Jr., who stars in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Leitch will serve as Honorary Mayor of the Carnaval.  

The Dungeon of Sin stage will be located at Santa Monica Boulevard and Almont Drive, with performances by The Sideshow Sirens, Barbie’s Addiction, and Vaud and the Villains. 

The Thrills and Chills stage will be located at Santa Monica and La Cienega boulevards, and performances include Zen Freeman, The Orchestre Surreal and Miss Barbie-Q. 

Parking information for the Carnaval can be found here.

The city will also provide a CityLine service on Halloween during the usual hours of 5:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.  

The Halloween Carnaval will begin at 6 p.m. and run until 11 p.m. 

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joninla October 31, 2012 at 09:41 AM
I saw the high price tag, but missed the PROFIT that the City will reap from one of it largest annual event income stream.
scott ferguson October 31, 2012 at 04:42 PM
This nonsense about 400,000 people has to stop. Let's do the math. Of WeHo's 35,000 people, let's be generous and say a third (12,000 roughly attend) and they all walk or take the bus. Let's say about 10,000 (again very generous) walk from adjacent communities. That's 22,000 people. So we are left with 378,000 people who need to come into the city by car or bus. Let's say 100,000 come by bus (doesn't seem possible, but bear with me). That leaves 278,000 to account for by car. Let's again be generous and average 3 people per car. The about 93,000 cars that need to find parking spaces in West Hollywood, apart from all those already being occupied by residents. I doubt there are 25,000 parking spaces available on the streets or in lots. This is not a WeHo issue - it's for all crowd events (1 million people in Times Square for NYEve, for example, when it's more like 75,000 - anything more isn't possible.) If this makes money, fine, but as a resident near the events, this is the one annual event I'd like to see reconsidered. Pride, the Marathon, the Rock Festival, the AIDS walks are all WeHo specific events, but not sure why we need to be the center of the Halloween world.
Insider October 31, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Those attendance numbers are pure urban legend, just like the non-credible numbers that are thrown out for Pride. 400,000 makes City Council, Chamber of Commerce and their Public Relations team feel good about themselves.


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