A Ferris wheel, tilt-a-whirl and dunk tank took over the streets of Isla Vista this Saturday for the first annual Pardall Carnival.
Hosted by the Associated Students I.V. Community Relations Committee and the Community Affairs Board, the street party featured live music, games, a clothing drive and numerous opportunities for free food coupons and free T-shirts. Various UCSB organizations set up tables along Pardall, which was blocked off from Freebirds to Silvergreens.
KCSB’s Yazmine Dadashi, a second-year music engineering and psychology double major, said she was surprised at the carnival’s success.
“The turnout has been a lot better than I expected coming into today,” Dadashi said. “It’s been great to see so many students and so many families out interacting and having a great time.”
Another table, hosted by the Healthy Eating and Living interns, offered a “veggie toss” and “wheel of heal” aimed at teaching healthy eating habits, Adrienne Hancik, a fourth-year psychology major and H.E.A.L intern, said.
“We have all sorts of quizzes and information on nutrition, such as how water is a healthier choice over many popular fruit juices and energy drinks,” Hancik said. “We’ve also been handing out pamphlets on how to make healthy choices at the various I.V. restaurants. I’d say today’s been a great success and I’m glad we’ve been a part of it.”
Pardall Carnival also offered a clothing drive for local families. The Community of Friends Drive, an annual event hosted by Isla Vista Elementary, merged with the carnival to bring many of the families out to I.V. to participate in the day’s activities.
Ruth Granados, the advisor to both CAB and IVCRC, said the Pardall Carnival proved successful.
“IVCRC and CAB funded all the rides, the prizes, and invited everyone to participate,” Granados said. “We teamed up with I.V. Elementary to bring their Community of Friends event to Isla Vista, which has brought a great turnout as well. This whole day has been about bringing UCSB and the community together, and we’ve certainly accomplished that.”
One of the most popular carnival attractions was the dunk tank. Fourth-year bio psychology major David Lee, who dressed up in drag to get dunked, said that the embarrassment was a small price to pay to put smiles on children’s faces.