It’s almost the end of another spring semester at IUPUI, and what better way to celebrate than a carnival?
The IUPUI Traditions Board is hosting the 6th annual Jagapalooza carnival on Friday, April 27 from 5 p.m. to midnight at the North Hall Parking Lot (Lot 71), across the street from the North Hall dormitory.
“Jagapalooza is usually held on the last day of classes,” said Emily Singer, the Graduate Assistant for Student Activities.
Jagapalooza is the grand finale of a week filled with activities on campus for students to relax before the dreaded finals week that follows. Some of the activities included tie-dying t-shirts, breakfast for dinner, and free ice cream at Taylor Courtyard.
“Leading up to Jagapalooza, the most popular activity has been the T-shirt event,” a former director-who wishes to remain anonymous- of Jagapalooza said. “It has changed over the years but the common theme, free t-shirts, remains the same.
The carnival is free for all IUPUI students to attend as long as they bring their Jagtag or CrimsonCard. If students do not have an ID, they can also use their student email address.
According to the Division of Student Affairs website, there will be eight different amusement rides, carnival games, concession stands and food trucks for students that students can purchase delicious carnival fare, a giant slide and even a zip line across the lot.
“We will have carnival concessions including elephant ears, lemon shake ups, funnel cake, popcorn and cotton candy,” said Singer. “Additionally, we will have two food trucks: Izzy Dizzy’s food truck (grilled cheeses and warm sandwiches) and Kona Ice (shaved ice).”
If students aren’t particularly interested in carnival rides, there will be other forms of entertainment for them to experience at Jagapalooza.
“There will be henna artists, caricature artists and face painters,” said Singer. “All of these activities are free of charge for attendees. Cash will be required for all the carnival games and concessions. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring cash with them to the event. If they do not, there is an ATM available on the second floor of the Campus Center.”
Students aren’t the only ones who can come enjoy Jagapalooza. IUPUI staff and faculty are also invited to the end of the year event.
Students are allowed to bring a friend that does not attend IUPUI as long as they accompany the IUPUI student, faculty, or staff.
“There is no limit to the amount of guests someone can bring,” said Singer.
The students and staff who organize the event put in hard work to bring the carnival to the IUPUI campus every year.
“Planning an event this size is really a year long process,” a former director said. “Several vendors are used year after year, but there are still copious amounts of paperwork and permits needed to run an event this size. Like every other student organization and large scale event like Regatta and Jagathon, a strong and dedicated planning committee is vital to the success of the events.”
Unfortunately, last year’s end of the semester event was met with less than appealing weather, but event organizers are optimistic about this year’s turnout.
“We are expecting anywhere from 3000 to 4000 event attendees at Jagapalooza this year,” said Singer.
“The best part of Jagapalooza is see ing everyone excited to come to the event,” the former director said. “A lot of hard work is put into planning and running then event so it’s rewarding to hear students and faculty talking about it and seeing them participate in the week of events leading up to it. It’s really fun and unique event to have running on our campus.”
Jagapalooza is a way that students can relax and celebrate the hard work they’ve put in throughout the school year, as well as a pretty good way to kick off the summer season.
For more information or for questions about Jagapalooza, visit the Division of Student Affairs’ website here.