AIDS Walk Sunday: Expect Crowds, Street Closures, And Richard Simmons

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The 29th AIDS Walk is talking place this Sunday in West Hollywood and Los Angeles, which means the usual crowds, street closures and a special treat (or horror): An opening warmup from exercise guru Richard Simmons.

Organizers expect 25,000 people to take part in this year's 6.2-mile AIDS Walk Los Angeles, the LA Times reports. That should raise nearly $3 million for AIDS Project Los Angeles, in line with last year's fundraising efforts.

The Simmons aerobic warmup will take place at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Your hosts are Wayne Brady and Drew Carey. and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land are also scheduled to speak.

The walk begins at West Hollywood Park, at San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. It's not too late to sign up online or at West Hollywood Park on Sunday morning.

The following streets will be closed temporarily, per the city of West Hollywood. To learn exactly when streets are opened, check their Twitter account: @WHDLASD. Sections of San Vicente Boulevard were already closed at 6 a.m. this morning.

Street Closures For Sunday, October 13:

  • San Vicente Boulevard from Beverly Boulevard to Melrose Avenue (East side only) - 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Robertson Boulevard from Melrose Avenue to Santa Monica Boulevard - 6 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • La Peer Drive from Melrose Avenue to Santa Monica Boulevard - 6 a.m. to noon
  • Santa Monica Boulevard from Doheny Drive to Holloway Drive - 6 a.m. to noon
  • La Cienega Boulevard from Santa Monica Boulevard to Melrose Avenue - 6 a.m. to noon
  • Melrose Place from La Cienega Boulevard to Orlando Avenue - 6 a.m. to noon
  • Melrose Avenue from San Vicente Boulevard to La Brea Avenue - 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • La Brea Avenue from Melrose Avenue to Beverly Boulevard - 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Beverly Boulevard from La Brea Avenue to San Vicente Boulevard - 7 a.m. to 2 p.m

    For more information visit the AIDS Walk site or call (213) 201-9255. For the deaf and hard of hearing, call (323) 848-6496.