25,000 Marchers Expected Sunday for AIDS Walk Los Angeles

Organizers expect 25,000 people to take part in this year’s 6.2-mile AIDS Walk Los Angeles, which will take place Sunday in West Hollywood and Los Angeles.

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A map provided by AIDS Walk Los Angeles shows the event’s route.

The event marks the 29th year for the fundraiser, which benefits AIDS Project Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization that offers services, education and other assistance to the 60,000 people living with AIDS in Los Angeles, said Brent Colby, director of strategic partnerships and communications for the walk.

Celebrities on hand this year will include Richard Simmons, who will lead an aerobic warmup at 9 a.m., and hosts Wayne Brady and Drew Carey. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land are also scheduled to speak.

In 1984, the first year that the event took place, 4,500 people took part, raising $673,000. Last year,  walkers brought in $2.9 million. AIDS Walk expects to raise about the same amount of money this year, Colby said.

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The following streets will be temporarily closed for the event Sunday, according to the city of West Hollywood:

  • San Vicente Boulevard from Santa Monica Boulevard to Melrose Avenue – 6 a.m. on October 12, 2013 to 6 p.m. on October 13, 2013
  • San Vicente Boulevard from Cynthia Street to Santa Monica Boulevard – 11 p.m. on October 12, 2013 to 4 p.m. on October 13, 2013
  • San Vicente Boulevard from Beverly Boulevard to Melrose Avenue
    (East side only) – 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 13, 2013
  • Robertson Boulevard from Melrose Avenue to Santa Monica Boulevard – 6 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on October 13, 2013
  • La Peer Drive from Melrose Avenue to Santa Monica Boulevard – 6 a.m. to noon on October 13, 2013
  • Santa Monica Boulevard from Doheny Drive to Holloway Drive – 6 a.m. to noon on October 13, 2013
  • La Cienega Boulevard from Santa Monica Boulevard to Melrose Avenue – 6 a.m. to noon on October 13, 2013
  • Melrose Place from La Cienega Boulevard to Orlando Avenue – 6 a.m. to noon on October 13, 2013
  • Melrose Avenue from San Vicente Boulevard to La Brea Avenue – 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 13, 2013
  • La Brea Avenue from Melrose Avenue to Beverly Boulevard – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 13, 2013
  • Beverly Boulevard from La Brea Avenue to San Vicente Boulevard – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 13, 2013