Heard about this documentary from an anthropology student, but she didn't know the name of it... Back in the colonial days (20th C) of African holdings, some European military would depart their bases yearly and allow the African soldiers to take over. The African soldiers would dress as the Europeans and re-enact their modes of life and work, but in some kind of ritualized parody. [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata
on Dec 8, 2013 -
I'm looking for fundraiser carnival game ideas for middle school kids (ages 11-14). The carnival will be held in the spring, with a Color Festival theme. We will have a color run; we're looking for booth games, as well.
These kids have been playing the ring toss/ cakewalk/ bouncy castle circuit for years, so we're looking to make it more appealing to them now that they're older. Some popular ideas so far have been a football toss and outdoor twister. Do you have more?
[Gotta shoot you down on the teacher pie-tossing/ dunking booth ideas, though. I'd like to keep enforcing respect for the teachers, especially since their average age is about 24.]
posted by Jane Austen
on Nov 18, 2013 -
Is there a service that will notify me when a circus or traveling carnival is coming to town?
posted by bac
on Oct 22, 2013 -
It has been too long since I went to a costume party, but I am not really into the Halloween bar scene. I am looking for: a crowd wearing nice costumes in an interesting venue; something that's kind of special. I am not looking for: "I'll wear a bathrobe and say I'm a Jedi, let's go drinking!" crowds. More Venetian carnival
, less "this fuzzy pimp hat was all that was left at iParty." [more inside]
posted by usonian
on Sep 4, 2013 -
Have you ever manned a booth at a carnival, fair, or expo? I'm running a booth and selling items at a weekend fair that will benefit a volunteer organization. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild
on Oct 5, 2012 -
Taking the family on our very first cruise on a Carnival Conquest
. A 7 day Western Carribean itinerary going to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Help me with experienced cruiser/traveler tips, especially with children. What should I know about, avoid, and go out of my way to do. Of course special snowflake multiracial special needs family details inside. [more inside]
posted by cross_impact
on May 16, 2012 -
Looking for the name of a carnival ride.
I'm looking for more information on a carnival ride I went on about 10 years ago. It was set on temporarily on the boardwalk near the beach, I think Virginia beach.
It had round, two-person cars, open in the front with a lap bar. The cars were similar to this ride
The motion, instead of going around in a circle, went in more of a vertical oval shape (the cars went up and down, and somewhat front to back). The cars moved past each other in a "scrambler" type motion, so it looked like they were going to hit each other. The cars would swoop down, rocking back and forth but not quite going upside down.
I've never seen a video of this ride anywhere. Has anyone?
posted by mondotwistedmojo
on Oct 28, 2011 -
Office bet... Who is singing the song on shoecarnival.com
? Warning. Autoplay pop music plays blaringly loud on site load. Google-fu is failing us all.
posted by tayknight
on Dec 9, 2010 -
I want to create some authentic carnival games at home so I can practice my stuffed animal gathering skills with some friends. Does anyone know of plans for such games, or info on the type of materials used, etc.?
Here's one I found for the bottle/ring pickup game
. Any others like this?
I'm mainly interested in the basket toss, but unfortunately the name of that game is also a cheerleading move, and I'm swamped in GO Team!
posted by razdrez
on Nov 23, 2009 -
Advance Halloween preparation! We're having a Dark Carnival- themed party-- think scary clowns, murderous roustabouts, and evil fortunetellers. We're looking for appropriate background music. [more inside]
posted by cereselle
on Sep 14, 2009 -
When I was young, I went to a Portuguese festival in New Jersey (USA), and played a curious game. In a fishbowl would be hundreds of pieces of tissue paper, rolled very thinly and bent. You would pay for 10 pieces, and then unroll them. If your piece had a mark, you would win a prize. I'm searching for what that game is called, does anyone know? [more inside]
posted by kensch
on Jun 17, 2009 -
How do the economics of traveling carnivals work? (I.e. does the host pay a fee to the carnival company or vice versa? Is it a straight fee or a share in the receipts? If its a share, does the host have any right to influence ticket prices?) [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket
on Jun 8, 2009 -
What are the most insightful interpretative writings about carnival/carnaval and mardi gras? [more inside]
posted by umbú
on Feb 23, 2009 -
I have a papier mache Carnival mask that's too narrow for my face. It curls back to sort of wrap around the temples, which instead digs into my head. How can I open it up a bit? Will steaming it work?
posted by backseatpilot
on Oct 29, 2008 -
You know the old Tunnel of Love fairground ride? What did one of those look like on the inside? [more inside]
posted by happyturtle
on Oct 12, 2008 -
help me find carnivals in San Diego - not just right now, but in general.
posted by gcat
on Apr 25, 2008 -
I saw a carnival on Sunday while driving from San Jose to Oakland on the I-880 North. It was to my left. Does anyone know if will be operating tomorrow (Sunday) or have any information about it? [more inside]
posted by thehmmhmm
on Mar 9, 2008 -
Where can I find / how can I make a Venice-style Carnival costume in the Chicago area by Friday evening? [more inside]
posted by Reverend John
on Feb 20, 2008 -
Some friends and I are planning to spend a few days in Cadiz for Carnival. All the hostels and hotels are booked (and we're students so our budget is fairly tight to begin with), so we figured we'd just pack light and sleep on the beach. Any advice on how to do this comfortably, and without getting our stuff stolen while we're asleep? Should we plan on stowing our stuff in lockers at the train station? Should we bring costumes with us or get them there? Any scams, sketchy areas, etc. that we should watch out for? Any and all advice is welcome, we don't really know what to expect!
posted by slowcat
on Jan 20, 2008 -
Rio Carnival Filter
We're attending Carnival next year and would like to know the best way to get tickets to the parade at the Sambodromo. [more inside]
posted by spifl
on Sep 16, 2007 -
I won a cruise to Baja, Mexico!! Now what do I do when I get there?? Help me by Suggesting things to do at the ports of call… [more inside]
posted by MathewS
on Dec 20, 2006 -
Tomorrow I embark on a cruise (Carnival) for the Caribbean. (First time cruiser!) Specifically Nassau, Saint Thomas and St. Maarten. Looking for any tips, things we shouldn't miss, and a couple of ship-related questions inside... [more inside]
posted by MarkLark
on Sep 15, 2006 -
I'm working on a project that requires somewhat in-depth knowledge of the workings of antique carnival/fun-fair size breakdown and re-assemble Ferris wheels. The problem is that I don't know enough about Ferris wheels or how they work to know what to look for. [more inside]
posted by xyzzy
on Mar 23, 2006 -
A while back, perhaps on Boing Boing, I saw some artsy carnival throwing game target dummies -- the kind shaped like bowling pins, but with faux fur edging. I believe they were art pieces made for sale. I can't find a link to these (or the 'real thing' version) anywhere, probably because I don't know the correct name. Any help?
posted by felix
on Dec 14, 2005 -
Is there a word for those life-sized painted wooden figures (most commonly at carnivals) with the oval cut out for your head to stick through, the purpose of which is to give the impression (for the camera?) that you are a strong man with strong arms
or that you are one super sexy lady
posted by nobody
on Dec 5, 2005 -