West Hollywood's answer to the Times Square New Year's Eve bash will be held Tuesday night as thousands of often-elaborately costumed revelers take to the streets for the annual Halloween Carnaval, billed as the world's largest Halloween party.
The Carnaval, scheduled for 6 to 10:30 p.m., will take place along Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard.
"I'm amazed each year by the imagination and talent that go into creating elaborate and inventive costumes," Mayor John Heilman said. "The joy of the crowd is palpable and the celebration is a wonderful testament to the city of West Hollywood's creativity."
The Carnaval began in 1987 and has grown annually, evolving into a Southland and national phenomenon. At about 8:45 p.m., Heilman and other city officials will take part in a ceremony, during which the Carnaval king or queen will be crowned. The event will feature multiple stages of entertainment.
Security is likely to be extra tight at the event, particularly in light of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas. City officials reminded attendees that no backpacks, camera cases, tote bags or similar items will be permitted at the event. Weapons and drones are prohibited, and no alcohol or public drinking is permitted.
Carnaval-goers are urged to show off their costumes by posting pictures online with the hashtag #wehohalloween.
More information on the Carnaval is available online at weho.org/halloween or by calling 323-848-6503.