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City to Ring in the New Year with Drug and Alcohol-Free Annual #BOOM! Event

Post Date:December 18, 2018 11:55 AM

BOOM - NYE 2018This New Year’s Eve, join in the fun and celebrate the first moments of 2019 at the sixth-annual #BOOM!, West Hollywood’s premier alcohol- and drug-free New Year’s Eve event. This year’s celebration, themed “House of #BOOM!,” will bring hundreds of people together for a fabulous celebration, featuring DJ Eddie X, dancing, food, a photo booth, face and body painting, and an alcohol-free midnight toast. There will be a costume contest for those wearing the most fabulous costume representing the theme of either Glamour; Lady Gaga vs. Madonna; Menage a Trio; Hot Mess; or Military

#BOOM! will take place on the evening of Monday, December 31, 2018, starting at 8 p.m. and will run until 1 a.m. on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at the West Hollywood Park Auditorium, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard. #BOOM! is a free event. Attendees must be 18 or older to attend. Advance RSVP is encouraged, as #BOOM! has limited capacity.  RSVP at www.boom2019.eventbrite.com.

The holiday season can be a particularly challenging time for people with substance abuse or mental health issues. #BOOM! is a safe space for anyone who wants to celebrate the New Year without the presence of alcohol or drugs. The event is spearheaded by the West Hollywood Project, an initiative funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, to reduce alcohol and drug-related harms in West Hollywood.

Limited parking for #BOOM! will be available in the adjacent West Hollywood Park five-story parking structure, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The PickUp, West Hollywood’s Free Weekend Ride, will run along Santa Monica Boulevard in a six-mile loop with 15 stops in each direction between Robertson Boulevard and La Brea Avenue from 8 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018 until 3 a.m. on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. It arrives at stops approximately every 15 minutes to transport revelers safely to and from their destinations, while music mixes by DJ Derek Monteiro play on board. The City of West Hollywood will also be running a special schedule of its free shuttle service, Cityline, departing its stop near Hollywood and Highland every hour from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., with stops at La Brea Avenue, Fairfax Avenue, and N. San Vicente Boulevard. Return trips from the San Vicente stop will begin at 8 p.m. and run approximately every hour with the final departure to Hollywood and Highland at 1:15 a.m. on January 1, 2019.

#BOOM! is sponsored by the City of West Hollywood, the Institute for Public Strategies, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the West Hollywood Project, the Tweakers Project, and APLA Health. Admission is free but capacity is limited. For more information, please visit www.boom2019.eventbrite.com.

For additional information, please contact Alexis Sanchez at the Institute for Public Strategies at asanchez@publicstrategies.org or at (310) 215-9924, extension 135. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.  For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at www.weho.org/email.
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