West Hollywood Halloween crowd celebratory but tame
The costumes may have been outrageous, but the revelers were not. The annual West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval drew an estimated 150,000 celebrants, who partied into the wee hours of Monday.
Authorities said the crowd size was well below preliminary estimates for the annual event, where people began showing up around noon Sunday -- and stayed until about 3 a.m., said Lt. Lajuana Haselrig of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department's West Hollywood station.
“The darker it got, the more the crowds began to emerge on the scene,” Haselrig said.
There were a couple of arrests for public drunkenness. Otherwise, West Hollywood’s Halloween crowd, known for creative and sometimes risqué get-ups, was tame.
“Just the usual people, happy people,” Haselrig said. “You know, shoo 'em on, that’s all.”
This year’s event was scheduled to include a tribute to "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," as well as an attempt to set a world-record "The Time Warp" dance.
Official festivities closed at around 11 p.m., but the partying continued into the morning at local bars.
Haselrig said street closures lasted until 3 a.m., when clean-up crews finished picking up left-behind trash. About 400 deputies were on scene, many transferred in from other stations.
-- Robert Faturechi
Photo: Rosemari Martinez, dressed as Lady Gaga, poses for admirers as a passerby tries to join in during the annual West Hollywood Carnaval. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times