World Carnival, a long standing annual tradition at the College, serves as a reminder that the community is part of a larger picture both regionally and internationally. The event, which often serves as a symbol to the student body of another school year coming to a close, has always been a large focal point for the Programs Board since its inception. This year, however, the Programs Board is touting the event as one of the most extravagant and diverse school functions yet.
The World Carnival committee, led this year by junior Anna Danz, has been working since the beginning of the school year to plan the elaborate festival. Danz said that, contrary to what some members of the student body are saying, students are going to have a good time. “We want to put on a good event … a big event,” she said.
Among the scheduled events students can look forward to are The Best of Coffeehouse, which will present Coffeehouse favorites over the past year such as 2/3 Goat and Pearl and the Beard, the 36 Madison Avenue a capella group, a Caribbean steel drum band, and the rhythm club formed from students in the public schools around St. Mary’s. In addition, the annual reading of Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches, which has traditionally jump-started the schedule of events on the Saturday of World Carnival, will be read by President Joe Urgo.
Other things to look forward to include multiple vendors such as funnel cakes and Maggie Moos, two photo booths, a caricaturist, and an inflatable obstacle course. Also, due to the success of the Quidditch matches from last year, there is a Quidditch event planned in which students can once again sign up with a team and play the Harry Potter-inspired sport.
Director of Campus Programming Jes Harvey, senior, also worked with the World Carnival committee to make World Carnival a part of a week long event named Intercultural Awareness Week. “[It’s] the one big improvement of this year’s World Carnival,” said Harvey. Throughout the week leading up to World Carnival, there will be events scheduled including films and lectures, representing various cultures.
The headlining event, just as it has been for the past two World Carnivals, will be a band that has been chosen by the campus community prior to the festival. In the past three years, the College has seen Eve 6 in 2008, Carbon Leaf in 2009, and the Cool Kids in 2010. This year, students can look forward to Virginia Coalition, an alternative jam band from Alexandria, Virginia There will also be a performance by this year’s Battle of the Bands winner, Three Man River Band.
Even though Programs Board and the World Carnival committee are still working on ensuring that this year’s World Carnival is a success, they are already looking towards the future to try and make each subsequent year better than the last.
“I will gladly say next year will be bigger and better,” Harvey said, adding that the ultimate goal is and always has been to increase the sense of community.