WeHo Carnaval 2012 — 25th Year Anniversary!
I said in the last post that I probably wouldn’t be posting WeHo’s Halloween Carnaval photos this year. Well, I changed my mind ! It was the usual crazy costumes and massive sea of humanity. The news outlets predicted that some half a million people would descend on the one mile stretch of Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood for the party. I doubt it was that many but whatever it was, it was a huge turnout. I sort of wish that this event and Dia de Los Muertos weren’t so close together, because I was getting fatigued with back to back weekends of huge crowds and photography (though Day of the Dead felt like an intimate gathering compared to this). But if you live in LA, you need to experience both events at least once.
Here are a few snapshots. Pardon the blurry quality. I was going to rent an off-camera flash but never got around to it, so focusing at night on targets in constant movement was mostly hit or miss.
Still scratching my head at what this was. This … woman was sprawled on the street (before it got massively crowded). The only thing I could think of was — damsel in distress ? Or maybe, spurned bride ?
I was expecting a costume play on a “binders of full of women” comment, but not this little twist on it. (For my non-US followers who may be wondering what I’m talking about . . . well, this is just one of those amusing minutia in recent American politics that went viral on the Internet, not worth getting into here). I have to say that this Biden sort of looks like the real one, and was also quite good at staying in character with the huge Biden smile and constant look of mirth.
OK, party time over. No, I’m kidding — the police was very low key and enjoyed themselves along with the crowd. Not sure if this trio is the real police or not, though they probably are.
And saving my best effort for last. This is my favorite shot of the evening — which goes to show that some good may now and then come out of not being able to properly focus !
Have a fun weekend !
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