WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A half a million people, or more, lined a one-mile stretch of West Hollywood Friday for what continues to be the world’s most colorful, and often creative, costumes at any Halloween party. Anywhere.

KCAL9’s Brittney Hopper was reporting amid the fun and color and said she saw of the most fun and outrageous costumes she’s ever seen.

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That sentiment was echoed time and time again by many of the revelers who said there was no other, or better, place to be on Halloween night.

West Hollywood’s annual Halloween Costume Carnaval forced the closure of several city streets Friday night.

The event, celebrating Medusa, ran from 6 to 11 p.m. on Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard.

Several stages featured themed musical performances and dancers were set up throughout the closure area.

Lisa Vanderpump of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” was crowned as queen of the carnaval at 9:30 p.m. at the San Vicente Stage located at intersection of Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards.

For the first time, the carnaval will be streamed live online at YouTube.com/WehoTV, and broadcast live on Channel 99 for AT&T U-verse customers and Channel 10 for Time Warner customers.

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The following street closures were and are in effect:

— San Vicente Boulevard between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica will be closed all day, reopening at 7 a.m. Saturday;
— Santa Monica between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard, including all side streets, will close at noon, reopening at 6 a.m. Saturday.
— Robertson Boulevard between Melrose and Santa Monica will be closed from noon through 6 a.m. Saturday.
— Almont Drive and La Peer Drive will be closed from Santa Monica to Melrose from noon through 6 a.m. Saturday.
— San Vicente between Cynthia Street and Santa Monica will be closed from noon to 6 a.m. Saturday.
— Santa Monica between La Cienega Boulevard and Holloway Drive/Croft Avenue will be closed from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
— La Cienega between Sunset Boulevard and Santa Monica will be closed from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
— The Sunset eastbound and westbound turn lanes onto La Cienega will be closed from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.


West Hollywood will suspend permit parking restrictions beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing until 6 a.m. Saturday. Parking meters will be enforced. All parking restrictions must be observed in neighboring Beverly Hills and Los

Parking will be available in various West Hollywood city-operated structures and lots, with a $20 fee.

A shuttle service stopping at all Metro bus stops along Santa Monica Boulevard, between Sweetzer Avenue and Plummer Park, will run every 15 minutes from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday.

More information on the carnaval is available online at weho.org/halloween or by calling West Hollywood’s Halloween hotline at (323) 848-6503.

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