The West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval 2023 is one for the WeHo history books, attracting thousands upon thousands of people to West Hollywood’s Rainbow District for a chance to show off their costumes, or just be part of the street party. The Halloween event was free to attend from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. but the party continued after the music stopped.
The big gathering space was in front of the big stage at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard. People danced on the street and seemed happy to have the Carnival back in the city of West Hollywood after a four-year hiatus.
Although the production was much smaller than previous years with only one stage, here was still plenty to do at the local bars on Santa Monica Boulevard if you were willing to wait in a long line.
Public safety was key that night with plenty of local sheriff patrolling the streets. I didn’t see any fights, or crime going on, although the crowd was rowdy as people tried to move through the crowd.
Below are some photos. We are posting an entire folder of all the photos I took on the WeHo Times Facebook page, so check for that folder later.
First launched in 1987, West Hollywood’s celebration of Halloween is rooted in the City’s diverse culture and community. Year by year, what became known as the City’s Halloween Carnaval grew into an annual gathering of phenomenal costumes, entertainment, culture, and self-expression with a myriad of observers, revelers, exhibitionists, and performers with many thousands of people in attendance each year.
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