While San Francisco and New York were proudly celebrating Pride this past weekend, Los Angeles was getting down to business with the LA Cultural Festival & Carnival parade 2015.
On “Saturday, June 27, Los Angeles’ Hollywood Blvd. miraculously transformed into a Grand Carnival & Street Extravaganza with parade-goers and masqueraders dressed in vibrant, breathe- taking [feather] costumes dancing to pulsating rhythms of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Zouke, Latin, Punta, Meringue, Mariachi, Reggaeton, Blues, Jazz, Steel-pan, Indian, Asian and other worldly music.” – laculturalfestival.com
All the feathered costumes were worn with complete pride and glory! So many headdresses and back packs were made with unique color combinations incorporating ostrich plumes, rooster coque tails, goose pallates, peasant tails, and peacock feathers. Embellished with flashy sequence apliques, beads and trims to catch your eye, each reveler seemed to have a slightly individual style within their groups theme. We know it takes months of planning and preparation to put these costumes together. Fortunately feather supplies are easy to come by at The Feather Place, located downtown Los Angeles. Wholesale is available to all carnival customers!
Such a golden spectacle! I’m sure these ladies were worn out by the end of the parade? But they all had smiles on their faces and seemed happy to be bringing their party to Hollywood Blvd! There was certainly a lot of crowd appreciation for all the work and creativity that was on full display!
Several countries presented; from Bolivia & Peru to Trinidad, Ecuador, Honduras and so many more. It was great to see all the different cultural representations and carnival costumes in one parade. It just goes to show you that Los Angeles is truly full of “vibrant multicultural & diverse communities of people” from around the world. I hope the LA Cultural Festival continues to grow with each new year – expressing the colors of culture and freedom of the world as one people”.