Made in America fest winds down with arrests but no major issues

Kanye West is silhouetted onstage at the Made in America festival in downtown Los Angeles.
(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

The Made in America festival at Los Angeles’ Grand Park came to a close Sunday night with a performance by rapper Kanye West, after a day marked by scorching heat but no major security issues.

The second day of the festival drew a slightly larger crowd than the first, with more than 37,000 tickets scanned.

As of 9:30 p.m., police and sheriff’s deputies had arrested four people Sunday on felony charges including parole violation and narcotics possession, and 10 on misdemeanor charges, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Andrew Neiman said.

An additional 35 people were cited on misdemeanor alcohol violations, and 67 were given traffic citations in the area around the festival, he said.


Dozens of people were treated on-site for medical issues, including dehydration, dizziness and heat-related issues, and four were transported to hospitals.

A final count of arrests was not available immediately at the close of the event, which ran behind schedule, ending more than half an hour after the scheduled 11 p.m. cutoff.

Saturday’s show drew an estimated 34,000, who were largely peaceful and well-behaved, police said. Los Angeles Police Department officials said 29 people were arrested Saturday, 23 for misdemeanor offenses, mostly involving alcohol, and six for felony narcotics offenses.

Neiman said the event had “gone quite well, considering the crowds and this being the first of this kind of event in downtown.”

Street closures in the area around the festival remain in effect downtown through Monday, including:

• West 1st Street between Los Angeles and Main streets
• Main between West 2nd and West Temple streets
• Spring Street between West 2nd and West Temple streets
• Broadway between West 2nd and West Temple streets
• Hill Street between West 2nd and West Temple streets
• Olive Street between West 2nd and West 1st streets

Multiple bus detours will be in effect for the weekend, and the Civic Center Metro subway stop is closed.

Approximately 240 Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were expected to be present on the county-owned park grounds, along with a private security firm, while the Los Angeles Police Department planned to have around 285 officers working the streets surrounding the festival.

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