If a fun-loving public was looking for a break from a tense political season, the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval was not the place to be. “No on 8” signs, buttons, and stickers were impossible to avoid, and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin appeared in the form of multiple look-a-likes. Republican presidential candidate John McCain, though, could not be found, although one young man bravely wore a McCain-Palin T-shirt as he walked through an estimated crowd of at least 250,000 people.

A look-a-like of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, surrounded by drag queen friends, attended the Halloween Carnaval in West Hollywood on Friday night.

The annual Carnaval took place on Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega Boulevard and Doheny Drive, where hundreds of thousands of people enjoyed what may be the most publicly celebrated holiday in Los Angeles.

Colorful ballerinas were among the Halloween celebrants, with a Tiger Woods look-a-like (far left) walking past them.

The Halloween Carnaval took on a distinctly political flavor with look-a-like appearances of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Illinois Senator Barack Obama.

One man created his take of the famous political poster of Senator Barack Obama.

Two of California's ballot measures–Proposition 2, which calls for less restrictive confines of animals, and Proposition 8, which seeks to eliminate the right of gays and lesbians to legally marry–also added to a politicized Halloween.

Proponents of Proposition 2 dressed up to support their cause.

Two men promote a “no” vote on Proposition 8.

The evening, though, wasn't without the usual homoerotic show of fun and flesh.

Young men show off their abs on Santa Monica Boulevard.

Still, even the founding fathers, wearing “No on 8” stickers, made their way to the Carnaval, making it one of the most political West Hollywood Halloweens in recent memory.

The founding fathers show up at the Halloween Carnaval.

Contact Patrick Range McDonald at pmcdonald@laweekly.com.

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