Alcohol-free #SIZZLE Carnival of Attraction returns to the WeHo Pride Street Fair in West Hollywood on June 3-4, from 12pm – 8pm. This year’s event will be on Santa Monica Blvd. Visitors will enjoy fellowship, music, dancing, games, and prizes. This fun zone has proven to be a very popular part WeHo Pride, featuring a live DJ, carnival-style atmosphere and over thousands of prizes for attendees to win. #Sizzle is open to everyone.
The #SIZZLE Carnival of Attraction has been part of pride in West Hollywood since 2014. Then council Member John Duran presented the idea in a city item before West Hollywood City Council and it passed unanimously. Founders of #Sizzle include Brenda Simmons, Robert Gamboa, Manager of Addiction and Recovery Services, at Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, Mike Rizzo, and City of West Hollywood Human Services Commission member Jimmy Palmier, along with a team of volunteers.=
The City of West Hollywood, like other communities across the U.S., experiences many preventable crashes, injuries, deaths and other problems related to abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Due to the City’s large number of alcohol related businesses within its 1.9 square mile city limits, West Hollywood officials are proactively working to advance public health, safety and quality of life by implementing a set of strategic initiatives, which seek to curb injuries, fatalities and overall substance use. Alcohol-free events help to slowly change social norms that equate fun with the presence of alcohol.
The #SIZZLE carnival is one of several high-profile West Hollywood events billed as alcohol-free and drug-free. Another big annual alcohol-free event is the New Year’s Eve bash that started as #BOOM, but became #Vibez this last year. The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has hosted alcohol-free business mixer during the Fall at My 12 Step Store, the recovery gift shop located in the heart of WeHo.
#SIZZLE carnival is hosted by West Hollywood Project in partnership with the City of West Hollywood. A volunteer planning committee made up of members of the West Hollywood Project Community Advisory Board, other agency representatives and grassroots community members come together to plan and host the event.
The West Hollywood Project is a project of the Institute for Public Strategies (IPS) and is focused on working with the City of West Hollywood to improve public health, safety, and quality of life through preventing problems related to binge and underage drinking. IPS is a nonprofit organization, utilizing evidence-based strategies to help communities make lasting improvements in health, safety, and quality of life. IPS is currently funded by the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control to implement multi-pronged projects in four communities including West Hollywood.