It’s true, the 2022 WeHo Halloween Carnaval has been cancelled. “The City of West Hollywood is reminding the community and the region that the City’s annual Halloween Carnaval has been cancelled for 2022 in accordance with protecting health and safety during the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” reads a statement on the West Hollywood’s community events page.”
The cancellation of the 2022 WeHo Carnaval dates back to the approval of the budget at the regular West Hollywood City Council meeting on June 27, 2022. Attachment C listing the FY 2022-23 Budgeted Special Events (revised 6/27/2022 per Council Action) has the event which began in 1987, as cancelled for the October budget. According to that same budget, the event is currently listed as “not recommended in 2023.”
The cancellation of the event was overlooked at the Monday, June 27, 2022 city council meeting when the West Hollywood City Council discussed a range of topics, including changes related to community safety programs which increased Block by Block (BBB) security ambassadors by 30 positions to perform foot patrols in residential neighborhoods, added one Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Deputy assigned to the Entertainment Policing Team, and decrease the number of LASD Deputies by two.
For two years now, the city’s Halloween Carnaval has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022 WeHo Halloween Carnaval was cancelled when people are still testing positive for COVID-19 and there is an alarming rise in monkeypox infections throughout Los Angeles County.
“We canceled it two years in a row,” council member John D’Amico told the Los Angeles Magazine. “So it sort of doesn’t exist anymore, in some way. Many of us experienced, in some way, a kind of a sense of relief. As much fun as it was, it was an incredibly nerve-wracking 24 hours to make happen.
We used to be on an open stage, give out awards, celebrities would come, but by the end, it was this very discreet thing with a DJ booth,” he said. “So shaking it off and seeing what organically grows is where we landed.”
Public in-person events like LA Pride and National Night Out were hosted by the City of West Hollywood this year.
Other events on the chopping block are the WORLD AIDS Day and currently the Sober New Year’s Eve event #BOOM for 2022 is “not planned for FY22.”
As background, the City of 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.
At this time, the City of West Hollywood remains in a declared local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and is focused on efforts to protect public health and safety.
The City of West Hollywood’s coronavirus updates are available at www.weho.org/coronavirus and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.