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WeHo Will Host Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day in October

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Worried that West Hollywood might be losing its quirky, flamboyant cred as gleaming high-rises go up, the city voted wants to honor those who played a key role in putting the Sunset Strip scene on the map: go-go dancers.

"West Hollywood has been toned down to be family friendly. That's not what we are," Mayor John Duran told the Associated Press. "I was concerned there seemed to be a sanitizing of the city. This is the sort of campy, tongue-in-cheek thing we're known for."

The city council voted unanimously to hold Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day on October 29, on the Saturday before Halloween, according to West Hollywood Patch.

The celebration will be held on Larrabee Street at the intersection Santa Monica Boulevard. Several Sunset Strip clubs, including Eleven and Micky's, agreed to celebrate the day.

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Go-go dancing originated in West Hollywood in the early 1960s, according to Councilman John D’Amico. The first female go-go dancers were at the Whisky A Go-Go on Sunset, while male go-go dancers soon followed at Ciro’s (now The Comedy Store).