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Help with Circus/Carnival themed costumes for a tall, cheap curmudgeon?

Help me put together a circus/carnival themed Halloween costume for a pub crawl. [more inside]
posted by saladin on Oct 1, 2014 - 9 answers

Looking for a documentary on African military ritual strangeness...

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 - 8 answers

Step right up! Oh wait, you're taller than I am...

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 - 11 answers

How can I find out when the circus/carnival is coming?

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 - 2 answers

Tell me about masquerade balls in central New England.

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 - 4 answers

Fastnacht costumes

What are the names of these Fastnacht characters? [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Jan 3, 2013 - 3 answers

How to Run a Booth at a Fair

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 - 23 answers

Make our family cruise memorable, but in a good way?

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 - 6 answers

Looking for the name of a ride.

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 - 2 answers

song on shoecarnival.com

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 - 5 answers

Pound a nail, win a prize!

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 - 8 answers

Dead Man's Party

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 - 26 answers

Portuguese Festival Paper Game

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 - 5 answers

Who pays whom to put on a carnival?

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 - 6 answers

Bakhtin a Corner

What are the most insightful interpretative writings about carnival/carnaval and mardi gras? [more inside]
posted by umbú on Feb 23, 2009 - 5 answers

My head is too big.

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 - 1 answer

What's it like in the Tunnel of Love?

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 - 7 answers

Fun activities at a community fair?

What kind of a kid-friendly activity can I set up at a community charity event? [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher on Oct 7, 2008 - 9 answers

i missed the carnival, and its not fair!

help me find carnivals in San Diego - not just right now, but in general. [more inside]
posted by gcat on Apr 25, 2008 - 1 answer

What's the name of this carnival?

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 - 4 answers

Who is that masked man?

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 - 1 answer

What do I need to know to make a last-minute trip to Cadiz for Carnival and come out with my dignity, health, and belongings (mostly) intact?

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 - 8 answers

Tickets to Carnival parade?

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 - 1 answer

Game Ideas for a Fall Festival

Step right up! I need some fun, cheap games & activities for a fall festival. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Aug 14, 2007 - 15 answers

Help me pick carnival music.

Music for an art carnival? [more inside]
posted by sonnet on Feb 7, 2007 - 8 answers

Cruise ship travel questions...

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 - 7 answers

Help a Cruise n00b!

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 - 26 answers

Know anything about Ferris wheels?

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 - 7 answers

Where did the carnival target dummies go?

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 - 3 answers

Is there a word for those carnival cutouts?

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 - 8 answers

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