Hundreds Turn Out to Appreciate Go-Go Dancers
Go-go dancers were out in force Saturday night, and hundreds of residents brought out their dollar bills to show appreciation.
Several Santa Monica Boulevard businesses set up special platforms for go-go dancers, while Larrabee Street was blocked off for aÂ Go-Go Fest Street Party, featuring several go-go dancer competitions.
Crowds of people dropped by the Go-Go Fest to observe the goings on and to tip the dancers. Some were there throughout the evening, others only stayed a few minutes before moving on to restaurants and clubs.
â€œEveryday is go-go dancer appreciation day at my house,â€ said actor/comedian Bruce Vilanch. â€œThat other people are moved to celebrate it just warms my heart.â€
City councilman John Dâ€™Amico, who came up with the idea for Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day, was pleased by the turnout.
â€œEverything is exactly the way itâ€™s supposed to be. Thereâ€™s hundreds of people here having a great time and thatâ€™s what I hoped for,â€ said Dâ€™Amico.
Larry Block, owner of theÂ Block Party clothing store, agreed. â€œThis is West Hollywood at its best,â€ said Block, who set up a platform in front of his store and offered free underwear to anyone willing to dance for 15 minutes.
Some people took Block up on the offer, others were too embarrassed, saying they didnâ€™t have the physique to dance in public. Still others opted to dance on the platforms set up inside the Go-Go Fest area. One man said he had never danced before, but made $100 in 10 minutes.
One the main stage of the Go-Go Fest, some of those dilettantes got up the nerve to compete in the official Amateur competition. Meanwhile professional go-go dancers competed in five categories â€“ Hottest Jock, Best Bootie, Twink, Best Package and Muscle Stud.
Vilanch, Mayor John Duran and actor/TV host Marcellas Reynolds served as the official judges for the competition. But after the first few rounds of competitions, host Scotty B just let the crowds decide the winners.
Those winners then competed for a $1,000 prize and the title of Mr. West Hollywood Go-Go. By the end of the evening,Â Mickyâ€™s andÂ Eleven nightclub dancer Andrew, dressed as a construction worker, took home the title.
The audience was wowed by a choreographed show, â€œEvolution of Go-Go,â€ featuring a dozen dancers doing different moves to snippets of dance hits from the 60s to today.
Between each competition, DJ Paulo Ramirez kept the music going to the delight of the crowd.
â€œThis is what a street party should be,â€ said Alex Johnson. â€œGreat music, hot men and no cover to get in.â€
While Go-Go Day was intended to bring more people to town, there was no noticeable increase in standard Saturday night foot traffic in Boystown.
As for increased business in the area, that may not have happened either. While Block said more people were stopping into his store, he â€œdidnâ€™t know if it was translating into extra sales.â€
Nonetheless, Dâ€™Amico was optimistic about Go-Go Day becoming an annual event.
â€œThis is just the first year. Iâ€™m sure as time goes by, next yearâ€™s will be even bigger,â€ said Dâ€™Amico. â€œIâ€™ve already had a couple of people approach me about being sponsors next year.â€
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