Every year in late June Los Angeles’ Hollywood Blvd hosts a vibrant Carnival celebrating freedom, cultural fusion and self-expression. The street is filled with masqueraders dressed in stunning costumes dancing to rhythms of Soca, Samba, Reggae, Zouk, Punta, Meringue, Mariachi, Reggaeton, Blues, and other dynamic music. The carnival of Los Angeles celebrates its diverse multi-cultural scene.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. beginning on Hollywood Blvd, between Western Ave. and Highland Ave. The Grand Marshal and Parade Queen are kicking off the festivities by cutting the ribbon for the Parade of the Bands. The procession continues for three miles (4.8 km) ending on N. Highland Ave., at the entrance to the Carnival Culture Village. The parade is followed by live entertainment, featuring colorful dances, food, arts, crafts, and music. Several celebrities from various genres, including movie stars and music icons will make appearances at the festival. Los Angeles Carnival lasts for about 10 hours and attracts thousands of people.