Santa Monica Boulevard, between Doheny & La Cienaga West Hollywood, CA 90069
Parking: Difficult (unless you come way early). With Santa Monica blocked off to automobiles, the traffic clogs the other major street arteries, making it difficult to get close to the event. Best bet is to part a few blocks away and walk.
Information: This street parade of costumed adults began years ago as a primarily gay event, featuring the local residents, but it’s gradually grown into a major attraction that draws outsiders eager to see what the fuss is all about. The result is a sort of carnival-freakshow that diverges somewhat from more traditional Halloween events — i.e., you will see far more drag queens than skeletons and monsters. (Some of the more clever costumes combine both concepts, such as “Bobbi” the homicidal transvestite alter ego of Michael Caine in DRESSED TO KILL.) The elaborate nature of many of the home-made costumes goes far beyond impressive into the realm of the totally fabulous. Whether or not you’re gay, it’s a great way to spend Halloween in Los Angeles.
Phone: (310) 289-2525