Reader Joe Oww contacted us to ask: What ever happened to the Mardi Gras Block Party in West Hollywood?
That’s a great question, and one which has an interesting backstory…
Back in the 1990’s, Christopher Street West, organizers of the LA PRIDE! Parade and Festival, helped produce a block party in the alleyway north of Santa Monica Boulevard behind Micky’s and Revolver.
During a particularly strong El Niño year, however, the event was rained out and went away for more than a decade.
Beginning in 2011, however, the City of West Hollywood, began organizing special events along Larrabee and in the alleyway, including Go Go Appreciation Day and 2012’s Mayan End of the World Party.
In 2014, the West Hollywood City Council agreed to co-sponsor a party in the alleyway for Mardi Gras, which would be co-sponsored by Micky’s, Eleven and other bars in the area. The event was supposed to benefit the Van Ness Recovery House.
Unfortunately, on the day of the event, the California Alcohol and Beverage Commission denied the event’s permit and the event was cancelled.
At the time, two local bars were under investigation for possible violations of the ABC’s moral turpitude regulations, though the ABC denied that had anything to do with it.
Eleven nightclub would close later that year and eventually become Flaming Saddles, but in the interim a lack of an anchor bar on the corner of Larrabee and Santa Monica made the organization of a Mardi Gras event a non-starter.
So instead of a block party, West Hollywood will be celebrating Mardi Gras inside, at your favorite clubs!
(Featured Image via Bar10 WeHo)