GLENDALE — More than 45,000 people attended this year’s Cruise Night on Saturday despite concerns that the closure of the 405 freeway would hurt attendance.
Organizers estimated that 45,000 to 50,000 people visited Brand Boulevard, where musical acts performed as crowds perused more than 400 registered classic cars and other vehicles put on their best show.
Warnings of a “Carmageddon” during the weekend’s closure of the 405 Freeway — and calls for residents to stay home or local — didn’t impact attendance at the 18th annual car show, city spokeswoman Vicki Gardner said.
In fact, the stay local angle may have helped boost the event.
“As far as a positive impact, it may have helped because many of the visitors might have avoided going to the West side because of Carmageddon and came here instead,” she said in an email.
Some event participants came from as far away as Lancaster, Anaheim, Monrovia and Arcadia, Gardner said.