Revelers donned in calavera attire headed to The Sunset Strip on Saturday to celebrate a Day of the Dead themed Strip Crawl. Like previous “Tweet Crawls” on the boulevard, the event was hosted by Sunset Strip businesses and featured games, prizes, drink specials and free entrance and entertainment at participating venues.
The blustery autumn evening kicked off at The Comedy Store with the “adult content” comic stylings of Sam Tripoli and free Dia de los Muertos face painting. (Images 1-8) After sharing some laughs and enjoying Black Star beer, the Strip Crawl procession, led by a trio of mariachis and The Comedy Store’s skeleton mascot, made their way westward on The Sunset Strip – maracas and mini accordions in hand – to enjoy delicious pub fare at Red Rock, delectable Mexican cuisine at Isla, tarot card readings and additional mariachi entertainment. (Images 9-13)
Crawlers had plenty of time to practice their recently acquired instruments at this layover stop, and enjoyed scaring fellow revelers with creepy dime store ghoul masks. (Images 14-21) The crawl also picked up a few extra amigos at Isla and Red Rock before storming the notorious Viper Room, taking over the dance floor (with their skeleton pal) and jamming to the sounds of electro-dance outfit Bella Tech. (Images 22-27)
Moving on…the next stop was the newly opened Morrison Room (rumored to be Jim Morrison’s old apartment) above Duke’s West Hollywood. Here, Strip Crawlers received VIP treatment courtesy of Black Star beer. The revelers posed for pics along the rock star mug shots wall, and staying consistent with the night’s theme, broke into a Frankenstein piñata, which ended in a frenzied dog pile for the tasty treats inside. (Images 28-43)
As the fog rolled in, crawlers arrived at the evening’s final destination, The Roxy Theatre’s VIP lounge On The Rox. And the best part of the night was saved for last, as crawlers were treated to a late night performance by “the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band” Metalachi, and midnight snacks from The Strip’s favorite Detroit transplant Coney Dog. (Images 44-53) Revelers also enjoyed capturing memories in an eclectic photo booth housed inside Black Star beer’s vintage Airstream trailer before ending their night.