The Isla Vista Community Relations Committee hosted their 14th annual Pardall Carnival on April 28 along Pardall Road, where roughly 800 community members attended to experience live music, games and vendors. 

Isla Vista bands Junkyard, the Afterparty, Alligators Attack, Cordoba and Wine Cat performed in front of the Pardall Center, as well as DJ DSMV. Maddy Fangio / Daily Nexus.

The event lasted from 12-5 p.m. and included free food catering, games, a 30-foot Ferris wheel, a mechanical bull and live music. Campus and county organizations tabled along the road.

“Pardall Carnival is important because everyone who comes can have fun and enjoy themselves, and it helps make I.V. the welcoming and fun environment that we try to encourage. It was lovely to see families, children, students and plenty of dogs there enjoying the sun and the fun,” Isla Vista Community Relations Committee (IVCRC) vice chair and fourth-year history and economics major Abigail Holden said. 

To qualify for free food from Isla Vista businesses Hummus Republic, Zócalo, KOZY Coffee or Sam’s to Go, attendees had to collect stamps from six different tabling organizations and exchange their stamps for “pardollas.” 

Carnival volunteers also distributed Fernando’s Churros, and I.V. Deli Mart provided free churros and free cotton candy.

On-campus organizations that participated in the carnival included End Overdose at UC Santa Barbara, Life of the Party, Universal Pictures at UCSB, Skateboard Club at UCSB, UCSB CALPIRG, Laughology at UCSB, Unstable Chair Productions, Shrunken Heads Production Co., SB Hacks, Creatures of the Night Production Company, KCSB-FM, UC Global Food Initiative, UCSB Basic Needs, UCSB Sustainability, Gauchos for Recovery and UCSB Department of Recreation. 

There were also various community organizations and businesses such as SEXINFO, Isla Vista Tenants Union, Standing Together to End SA, Sweet Jane, Isla Vista Beautiful Program, Blackstone Campaign, Oceanside Omakase, I.V. Community Services District, Isla Vista Small Artists Cooperative and Learn, Don’t Burn. 

Various Associated Students (A.S.) entities tabled at the event as well, including the Book Bank, Coastal Fund, Transfer Student Alliance, Environmental Affairs Board, Food Bank, Trans & Queer Commission, Department of Public Worms, Commission on Culture, Arts, and Joy Justice. 

Many tables handed out free merchandise and snacks and spoke about their organization to onlookers.

Skateboard Club at UCSB brought a skateboard for interested parties to try out. Co-president of the club and fourth-year psychological & brain sciences major Claire Kennedy said they wanted to “get the word out” about their club because many people are interested in skating at UCSB but don’t know they exist.

“A girl jumped on the board and she’s like, I can do a skate trick and now I’m going to go to skate club,” Kennedy said. 

Some organizations used the event to promote current events in Isla Vista. 

“I wanted to spread awareness about what’s going on within the thrift community,” UCSB alum and Small Artists Cooperative member Robbin Balagtas said. “We’re here to help make markets cheap or free for vendors so they can come here and make money. Also to provide I.V. residents, any students or any other community members with cool thrifted items.”

Isla Vista bands Junkyard, the Afterparty, Alligators Attack, Cordoba and Wine Cat performed in front of the Pardall Center, as well as DJ DSMV.

Attendees could barter for items at a trading post near Blenders in the Grass. 

“My favorite part of the carnival was the trading post. It just kind of brings out the community. I went looking around to other stands, grabbed items and engaged with other tables,” second-year sociology and Chicana and Chicano studies double major Salvador Cervantes said. 

Second-year film and media studies major Scott Leung expressed enjoyment of the social aspects of the carnival. 

“I was able to hang out with friends and meet other clubs. I also like the overall vibe as it feels relaxing from all the homework burnout,” Leung said.

Pardall Carnvial attracted roughly 800 attendees over the day. Maddy Fangio / Daily Nexus.

A version of this article appeared on p. 4 of the May 2, 2024 print edition of the Daily Nexus.