AIDS Walk Los Angeles draws 25K people

WEST HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- About 25,000 people hit the pavement in West Hollywood for the 30th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles event on Sunday.

The opening ceremony began at about 9:15 a.m. Several streets of West Hollywood were shut down during the walk, which started at 10 a.m. and lasted about 2.5 hours.

Walkers began at San Vicente Boulevard near Melrose Avenue before proceeding east on Santa Monica Boulevard. They then turned south onto La Cienega Boulevard, headed west on Melrose Avenue, south on La Brea Avenue, west on Beverly Boulevard, back north on San Vicente Boulevard, and ended back at West Hollywood Park.

The walk raises money for more than 20 organizations across Los Angeles County, including AIDS Project Los Angeles. This year, it raised more than $1.9 million in online donations alone.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Paula Abdul and actress Lea Thompson appeared at the walk. ABC7 was proud to sponsor the event. Marc Brown, Ellen Leyva and Alysha Del Valle were in attendance.

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