You wouldn’t believe it unless you saw it with your own two eyes, but there was indeed a Ferris wheel occupying the 6500 block of Pardall Road on Saturday.
Pardall Carnival celebrated its 10th year in Isla Vista this past weekend, with numerous orgs tabling on the street and hundreds of students in attendance.
Isla Vista Community Relations Committee (IVCRC) initially created the Pardall Carnival in 2008 with the hope of uniting UCSB students with the community.
Today, that goal remains the same. IVCRC’s external chair, Katrina Nicado, and Internal Chair Nicole Tan both agree that not much has changed over the years.
“The Pardall Carnival continues to bring out new students to get to better know the community and gives groups and organizations a better opportunity to recruit students,” Nicado said.
Close to 60 student organizations and small businesses joined the fun at the carnival this year, providing attendees with opportunities to better know them and their respective missions, alongside fun games and free goodies.
Popular attractions included caricature drawings, the Hijinio “El Elotero” Camacho and the Ferris wheel emblematic of the carnival.
Businesses such as Isla Vista Outfitters, HOPR and PokeCeviche all appeared on Pardall Road alongside student organizations including Life of the Party, Students Against Sexual Assault and the Queer Commision.
All of the aforementioned organizations gathered to promote themselves as well as help new students feel welcomed to the community.
Tan attributed Pardall Carnival’s success to the team effort that goes on behind the scenes.
“We have different committees that handle different tasks, like communicating with the businesses or handling the free shirts,” she said.
Ruth Garcia Guevara, Associated Students community volunteer coordinator and IVCRC advisor, organizes the carnival every year.
“What started with a small group of students having an idea, has turned into one of the most anticipated events of the school year, not only for students but the entire IV community,” Guevara said in a Facebook post.