On Sunday evening, October 31 2010, over half a million visitors descend on Santa Monica Blvd., which will be shut down for the 2010 West Hollywood Halloween Street Party & Carnaval, the largest Halloween street party in the United States, this year celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Hailed as the king of midnight cult films and in distribution longer than any film in the history of motion pictures, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is still in limited release 35 years after production! West Hollywood was instrumental in making The Rocky Horror Picture Show a cult movie phenomenon. The Rocky Horror Picture Show made its USA debut as a rock opera at the Roxy Theatre, then the movie showed for years at the Tiffany movie theatre, both on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood. Come celebrate this event and dress up in costume as your fantasy personality; don’t dream it, be it!
There’s something fun for everyone to see including gays enjoying their one night a year in fabulous drag, amazing group costumes, fun pop culture costumes, and thousands and thousands of other costumed visitors, many who will be dressed as the characters from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. It’s a magical night where you can feel the positive energy of gays & straights together reveling in a bizarre fantasy world that could only happen in Gay West Hollywood.
West Hollywood’s Santa Monica Blvd. is completely closed for the evening and transformed into a large masquerade ball with large-scale custom decorations framing the food vendor booths and stages. (Vendors aren’t allowed to display their own signage to maintain a consistent theme.)
Given West Hollywood’s tolerant cultural history, its massive numbers of gay visitors, and its huge actor, model, and celebrity population, this particular evening explodes in creativity and expression. The warmer the weather, the more titillating the costumes.
West Hollywood has earned its gay mecca status with 21 gay gars, 20 gay shops, and 69 restaurants along a walkable 1.5 mile strip of Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood began as a somewhat shabby town, an unincorporated portion of Los Angeles County that attracted bars, bordellos, casinos, drugs, and mobs, since it was free from the grasp of the conservative Los Angeles city police. Incorporated in 1984 and $34 million dollars of public works revitalization later, West Hollywood now shines as the centerpiece of the nation’s most gay populated metropolitan area where the estimated 2.5 million gay residents of Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties come to congregate for gay bar hopping, gay clubs, the Gay Pride and Festival and the Gay Halloween Street Party. The city’s new wide sidewalks encourage strolling, so it’s easy to walk everywhere.
This influx of gay visitors has encouraged new gay businesses to locate in the area and has justified multi-million dollar remodels of existing businesses. The 1.5 mile strip of Santa Monica Blvd in Gay West Hollywood has become one of the world’s premiere gay destinations.
The city and these gay friendly businesses are obsessed with keeping their gay visitors happy and entertained. On any night of the week and you’ll find the city as alive and vibrant as on the weekends; there’s always something going on.
Not only is Gay West Hollywood where you’ve find the best gay bars and clubs, you’ll also find 37 active gay gay sports organizations including 90 gay softball teams, 50 gay bowling teams, gay soccer, tennis, dodgeball, volleyball, football, rugby, ice hockey, skiing, snowboarding, swimming, water polo, rowing, rafting, scuba, wresting, camping, running, walking, hiking, cheer-leading, billiards, bridge, square dancing, ballroom, tango, and salsa.
The gay nightclubs Factory, Rage, Micky’s, Here, East West, and Eleven have all undergone multi million dollar remodels to become world class entertainment venues. “The Abbey”, the crowning pinnacle of Gay West Hollywood, and in a class all by itself, is now owned by the SBE Corporation which also owns most of the city’s ultra-trendy straight nightclubs. The Abbey is so popular and profitable, SBE plans to expand the open-air concept to other cities across the nation.
The Halloween street party proves that Gay West Hollywood isn’t just for gays. Everybody can feel and enjoy the spirit of tolerance, creativity, and respect that radiates through this city.
Come spend time in this incredible gay friendly city and see for yourself if Gay West Hollywood isn’t a place where you have one of the most fun evenings you’ve had in some time.