Today was the 27th year of the AIDS Walk Los Angeles and aside from the thousands of people who came out to walk and raise money for AIDS Project L.A., lots of celebrities were on hand to mark the occasion.
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy fashion guru and current Dancing with the Stars contestant, Carson Kressley, was a hoot and really entertained the crowds.
He was joined on stage by Dancing with the Stars professional dancer, Louis Van Amstel, who literally took the shirt off his back to model the t-shirts and memorabilia available for fundraisers.
Louis Van Amstel
TV's The Price is Right host and comedian, Drew Carey, welcomed everyone to this year's proceedings and shared his own personal experiences about friends who had sadly died from AIDS in the past.
Broadway star and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actress, Jenifer Lewis, sang for the assembled masses and whipped the crowds into a frenzy.
NCIS star Pauley Perrette was one of the highest celebrity fundraisers with over $20,000 worth of sponsorship, how fantastic is that, and with one of her co-stars she thanked all this year's event sponsors for their valuable support.
Glee fans got to see Dot Marie Jones, 'The Beast', auction the glee t-shirt off her very back, for which Drew Carey paid $500. What a great sport she was and she appeared on stage with Carson Kressley's ex-fellow presenter of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Jai Rodriguez.
Jai Rodriguez and Dot Marie Jones
Comedian and star of the American Queer as Folk series, Hal Sparks, took to the stage with his four and half month old baby to thank the walkers for coming out for this worthy cause and for all their hard work.
It was a pretty emotional and motivating start to the AIDS Walk. I was there to raise awareness and run the course through the cities of West Hollywood and Los Angeles for the T2: Team to End AIDS marathon training group, who also raise much needed money to benefit AIDS Project L.A.
AIDS Walk 2011 start
Come back tomorrow to see how my teammates and I got on running the wonderfully empty streets of L.A.
And if you want to make a difference and want to help us end HIV/AIDS, you can donate to my marathon fundraising today...