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    PHOTOS – West Hollywood Rings in 2024 with VIBEZ: A Sober New Year Celebration

    The City of West Hollywood kicked off 2024 with VIBEZ: A Sober New Year Celebration at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall on December 31, 2023 and into January 1, 2024. The alcohol- and drug-free New Year’s Eve experience organized by The Phoenix and the Institute for Public Strategies (IPS) reached the maximum capacity with 600 of 600 allowed RSVPs at the end of the 2023, according to stats in The Phoenix’s website.

    VIBEZ: A Sober New Year’s Celebration in West Hollywood – WEHO TIMES

    The theme for this year’s VIBEZ event was billed as Alien Superstar, stylized after Beyonce’s third track from her former seventh studio album, Renaissance (2022), which was released on July 29, 2022, through Parkwood and Columbia. Like Alien Superstar’s theme, VIBEZ payed homage to ballroom culture, featuring a vogue dance off to keep attendees entertained as they waited for the final countdown.

    VIBEZ: A Sober New Year’s Celebration in West Hollywood – WEHO TIMES
    VIBEZ: A Sober New Year’s Celebration in West Hollywood – WEHO TIMES

    The WeHo City NYE event was hosted by drag queen persona Salinas EsTitties who made a name for herself in West Hollywood performing at The Abbey and Micky’s WeHo, but gained notoriety for her chola aesthetic and as a lip sync assassin when she competed on the fifteenth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Salinas performed several numbers Sunday night, mainly from Beyonce’s catalogue.

    VIBEZ: A Sober New Year’s Celebration in West Hollywood – Salinas EsTitties – Photo by Dan Mryglot
    VIBEZ: A Sober New Year’s Celebration in West Hollywood – Salinas EsTitties WEHO TIMES

    The goal of VIBEZ was to provide a safe space for the sober community and allies to celebrate New Year’s Eve with others in recovery, away from substance-heavy events and parties that typically mark New Year’s Eve holiday celebrations. The event offered food, NYE party supplies, dance music by DJ Michael Ian, and some sparkling apple cider for the countdown. There were also other fun activities such as tarot and palm readings, psychics, star-charting, and more.

    Since 2014, the City of West Hollywood has co-sponsored alcohol- and drug-free New Year’s Eve experiences, but the event almost didn’t happen in 2023, at least not in the city of West Hollywood due. According to a source WeHo Staff wanted to have the event move to Hollywood and Highland Blvd citing that the party, which was used to be called #BOOM in its early incarnations, had outgrown Fiesta Hall. It required more space and more staff to keep the place at a legal capacity.

    Sober activists made sure the event stayed in West Hollywood and it was another alcohol-free NYE for the WeHo Books.

    For more information about substance abuse and addition recovery resources, please visit www.weho.org/services/human-services/substance-abuse-addiction-recovery.

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    Paulo Murillo
    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]


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    Jimmy palmieri
    Jimmy palmieri
    3 months ago

    What an amazing evening. Just to correct a few things. It wasn’t that the program outgrew the space. We’ve had capacity since year 1 of 11. The excuses given directly to me were 1- Fiesta hall is disgusting. (we didn’t think so) 2- neighbors complaining . (no public record of this nonsense because of last year’s program) 3- the final reason given to me verbatim was “Fine Jimmy, you get staff to work. They want to attend their own celebrations). The time that staff spent fighting this could have easily been spent assisting and earning their 6 figure salaries. I… Read more »

    Reply to  Jimmy palmieri
    3 months ago

    I love you Jimmy and your commitment to the sober community of WeHo ❤️

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