Navigating street closures at the West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnival

The president checks in at the 2008 festival. Image from Rockin Robin

If you live in LA, you have to do West Hollywood’s Costume Carnival at least once.  I think it brings out the best (and, arguably, some of the worst) in the citizens of this little corner of the world, or, at least, it brings out the best in everyone’s fashion sense.   Costuming, it turns out, is an area in which Angelenos truly excel.  I still think the best costume I’ve seen at the carnival was one from three years ago:  a woman was decked in gold spraypainted cardboard tubes, and was the Westin Bonaventure Hotel.  That, my friends, is style.

But if you live or work or have need to travel anywhere near West Hollywood this Sunday, you probably know that a sad side effect of the festivities is traffic hell.   So, because we care about you, dear readers, here’s the run down on street closures in West Hollywood, so you can make your travel plans for Sunday accordingly:

Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega Boulevard and Doheny Drive (1 p.m. Sunday, October 31 through 6 a.m., Monday, November 1, 2010

Robertson Boulevard between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard (1 p.m., Sunday, October 31 through 6 a.m., Monday, November 1, 2010)

San Vicente Boulevard between Cynthia and Melrose Avenue ( 2 p.m., Sunday, October 31 through 6 a.m., Monday, November 1, 2010)

La Peer Drive eastbound turn lane onto Santa Monica Boulevard (3 p.m., Sunday, October 31 through 7 a.m., Monday, November 1, 2010)

La Cienega Boulevard between Holloway Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard ( 6 p.m., Sunday, October 31 through 6 a.m., Monday, November 1, 2005)

Sunset Boulevard eastbound and westbound turn lanes onto La Cienega Boulevard (6 p.m., Sunday, October 31 through 7 a.m., Monday, November 1, 2010)

The carnaval itself kicks off with a parade at 6pm and 11pm, with a kickoff parade at 7pm, and winds along Santa Monica from La Cienega to La Peer.   There’s more info on the Costume Carnival website.

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2 Replies to “Navigating street closures at the West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnival”

  1. I always loved that crowd, been years since I last did it, maybe I should take my olders down this year to enjoy the spectacle and fun of it all.

  2. That’s part of the fun. I haven’t done it in a couple of years, but agree that this is a must-do! It’s also really lame if you don’t wear a costume. However, it is acceptable and advised that you wear comfy shoes. You feasibly end up walking miles and I learned the hard way that hooking boots and hiking Santa Monica Blvd. don’t really mix well. (I’m not sure how the drag queens do it!)

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