KCRW’s Masquerade: A Costume Ball and Dance Party


Between the DJ sets, stilt walkers, late-night snack options, and festive decorations, KCRW’s annual Halloween costume ball, Masquerade, was a hit.

The sold-out party, held at The Legendary Park Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, brought together an eclectic group of revelers in extravagant and well-planned costumes (including a bevy of Black Swans). That is, everyone except the man whose unfortunate Wonder Woman costume was comprised of booty shorts and a bra.

Inside, performances by 17 KCRW DJs including headliners RAC, Moby, Mariachi El Bronx, Dengue Fever, and Milagres set the mood of the party. RAC’s remix of Foster The People’s soon-to-be hit song, “Houdini,” and a lively performance from Mariachi El Bronx—in elaborate face painting, no less—were highlights. 

The gothic architecture of the Legendary Park Plaza made it the perfect location for the party and added to the creepy ambiance of the event. Large projection screens displaying video footage and flashing lights served as the backdrop for the DJ’s performances and gourmet food trucks occupied the entire patio area.

An Ursula, a poodle, zippered faces, and a couple of very realistic Greek statues put my Catwoman getup to shame.  

Photograph courtesy Gary Leonard and Jeremiah Garcia

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