blogTampa Gets a Downtown Carnival

May 02, 2015

and I get pretty pumped!

I walk or ride the Tampa Riverwalk a few times a week. I am also a fan of celebrations. So, when I heard that the city was celebrating the new additions to the Riverwalk with a series of events at each park along the path, I was jazzed. Then I found out a carnival was involved and I was elated.

With my love of city and celebrations, Team Awesome made the bike trek downtown. Maybe the smell of a Mac and Cheese festival in almost 90 degree heat wasn’t great for my stomach, but my nausea was immediately cured by something of creative beauty…a walking version of Tampa’s iconic Beer Can Building (Sykes Tower). Being a costume lover, I had to give respect to this creation. One, if not THE best get-up I’ve ever seen!

So, with my enthusiasm in full gear, I made my way down the walkway, enjoying music, sunshine and great company the whole way. Through Curtis Hixon Park, beneath bridges and past the Convention Center, the destination was reached. I think I regressed in age to about 6 when I turned the corner at Cotanchobee Park and saw balloons and rides. THE COLORS WERE BEAUTIFUL!!!

There weren’t many rides and I thought there would be a Ferris Wheel, but it was a carnival and I was happy. Each member of the team chose a ride for us to go on. First pick was the Fun Slide. I tell you, I’ve never seen a grown man smile and laugh more on a kiddie ride. Absolutely precious! Then it was my pick. I chose the spinning swings, which I thought would be a safe choice since it was way smaller than the fair version. WRONG! About 20 seconds in, I was done. Quickest bout of motion sickness ever and luckily, it was a long ride. Took my usual rest on a cool surface, then I was back in the game. Last choice went to the kid. He picked some spiny carouselly pod number, which looked fun, but I wasn’t sure how much stomach would handle. Just my luck, he was too short. I really lucked out because as we were checking height, a kid came off and immediately puked. The Universe was totally looking out for me.

A few more rides, some games and the crunchiest lemonade ever… we had dominated that Downtown carnival. Even with the nausea, sugarade and seeing vomit, I was pleased. It was a classic carnival experience in a new space. Hoping they bring this back next year, or a Ferris Wheel, permanently.


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