Nearly 500,000 take to streets of Santa Monica Boulevard for free, festive event

West Hollywood, Calif. -- West Hollywood's Halloween Costume Carnaval, now in its 20th year, will be held on Oct. 31,  2007 from 6 PM to Midnight.  The World's Largest Street Party,  West Hollywood Carnaval offers a street fair scene with over 1/2 million participants, live entertainment, food vendors, celebrity appearances and revelry. On Oct. 27, a doggy costume contest, children's carnival and a "drag" race where participants race down the street in stiletto heels for cash prizes delights visitors and locals.

Halloween events, parking and traffic information:

The "West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval" in West Hollywood, CA began in 1987; three years after the City of West Hollywood officially became a City within the County of Los Angeles.

The City of West Hollywood and its approx 39,000 person population is catapulted to become California's 7th largest city for one night, as it welcomes 500,000 on Halloween night.

The West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval is the Los Angeles area's second largest event, second only to the Tournament of Roses New Year's Day Parade.

What began as a primarily gay and lesbian event is now enjoyed by straight people, including gay and lesbians.

Past celebrities involved in the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval include Ryan Seacrest, Kathy Griffin, Pink, Jane Wiedlin of the Go Go's, Kevin Federline, and many more!

Full Halloween Calendar

Saturday, October 27 - Halloween Youth Carnival

West Hollywood Park, Softball Field
647 N. San Vicente Blvd.
Time: 6pm

Annual Youth Halloween Carnival. Carnival rides, game booths, entertainment, moon bounces, candy and prizes. Costt: $2/person. Call: (323) 848-6534. TTY for the hearing impaired at (323) 848-6496.

Sunday, October 28 - Doggy Costume Contest

West Hollywood Park
647 N. San Vicente Blvd.
Time: 1pm

Dogs get to shine on this canine fest. Certificate of Appreciation will be awarded, plus prizes for will be awarded in several different categories including: Scariest Costume, Look-Alike (pet and guardian), Most Creative Costume, Most Colorful Costume and Best Costume. All pets must be in good health, leashes and have ALL applicable immunizations. Proof of immunization must be shown. Admission is free. Registration begins at 12 noon at the West Hollywood Park office. For more information, please call 323/848-6534. TTY for the hearing impaired at 323/848-6496.
Sunday October 28 - West Hollywood Drag Race & Pageant

San Vicente Boulevard
and Santa Monica Boulevard
Time: 4:30pm

West Hollywood Drag Races


Get Ready to run! Rev it up, grab those heels (2 inch minimum) and come on out to race for some glorious prize packages. The Annual West Hollywood Drag Races are back! Prizes will be awarded for 1st -- 3rd place. Not a sprinter? Worried about messin' up your makeup and hair? Then skip the race but get out those pumps and pump up the hair for the 3rd Annual Drag Pageant. There will be prizes for the categories of best hair, most outrageousness, best pumps, most creative, and best overall. Admission is free. For more information, please call 323/848-6544. TTY for the hearing impaired at 323/848-6496.

Wednesday, October 31 - Halloween Costume Carnaval on the Boulevard

Santa Monica Boulevard
Between Doheny and La Cienega
Time: 6pm

The City of West Hollywood's Halloween Costume Carnaval is the largest adult outdoor Halloween event in the world. There are three stages of live entertainment to rock you including the much celebrated costume contest stage. This is an event for those who like to watch and be watched; food and drink galore.
Wednesday October 31 - Halloween Costume Contest

Santa Monica Boulevard
At La Peer
Time: 10pm

If you have not started on those costumes, you had better get to work. This year there will be 20 bracelets given out on Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny and La Cienega from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. These bracelets will be handed out by a secret crew. The magic bracelet will get you on stage at the costume contest to complete for the grand prize of the night. The bracelet crew will be out there looking for you so come on and impress. There are 3 prize packages up for grabs. 1st prize $1,000, 2nd prize $500, and 3rd prize $250.

Parking Information

Hundreds of thousands of Halloween revelers are expected to flock to Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood for the 2007 West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval on Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31, 2007. One of the world's largest Halloween celebrations, the West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval will be held from 6 p.m. to 12 midnight along Santa Monica Boulevard from Doheny Drive to La Cienega Boulevard.

The City of West Hollywood will suspend permit parking for the Halloween Carnaval from 5 p.m., October 31, 2007 to 6 a.m., November 1, 2007. Carnival-goers are asked to observe the boundaries of West Hollywood; if parking occurs in the City of Los Angeles, all parking restrictions must be observed.

Where to park: Public Parking for the West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval will be available at the following locations for a $10 fee:

Kings Road Parking Structure
8383 Santa Monica Boulevard
Corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Kings Road

West Hollywood Park Parking Lot
647 N. San Vicente Boulevard
Near San Vicente Boulevard and Melrose Avenue

Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Avenue
Between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue

El Tovar Lot
8750 El Tovar Place
Near Melrose Boulevard and Robertson Boulevard
For more information on the West Hollywood Hal