A bit of unusual and much-needed rain did little to dampen West Hollywood’s 28th annual Halloween Carnaval, with hundreds of thousands of people gathering on Santa Monica Boulevard last night in costumes ranging from the hilarious to the outlandish.
Carnaval, which the city estimates attracts as many as 500,000 people, is West Hollywood’s largest public event. Santa Monica Boulevard, closed to traffic from La Cienega Boulevard to Doheny Drive, was packed with celebrants. The lines were long at the bars in the city’s Boystown gay nightlife area. And parties took places at houses and apartments near Santa Monica Boulevard.
The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station reported only one arrest, for driving under the influence, indicating that the event was a peaceful as it was crazy.
Photographer Derek Wear chronicled the event for WEHOville. Some of his photos of creative and crazy costumes are on the pages that follow. And if you’re wondering what it took to make it all happen, take a look at the time lapse video above provided by the City of West Hollywood.