Four days of fun starts now!
By Tim Hadac
Southwest Chicago Post
Old favorites and new entertainment acts can be found on the main stage lineup for this year's carnival at St. Joseph Parish, a half-block west of 56th and Harlem.
Taking the stage from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 30 will be
Strung Out, which bills itself as “Chicago’s Ultimate 70’s musical experience playing an incredible treasure trove of classic 70’s music that other bands overlook,” is first up on Friday, May 31, playing from 6 to 8 p.m.
Closing out Friday’s live entertainment from 9 p.m. to midnight is Maggie Speaks, one of the most popular and eclectic cover bands in Chicago history.
On Saturday, June 1 a succession of some of the Chicago area’s best disc jockeys will spin a variety of Top 40 favorites to hot house mixes from 3 p.m. to midnight.
DJ’s scheduled to perform include Jumpin’ Julian Perez, DJ Three Jay, Kenny Jamin’ Jason, DJ Farusto, CZR, Rich Martinez, DJ Gant Man, House 13, DJ Babaloo, Mario Reyes, DJ Cat and Joe Cool Rodriguez.
Sunday, June 2 promises a bit of something for everyone.
The Ampol Aires polka band will play from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by Dos Banderas from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Devastatora will close out the carnival from 8 to 10 p.m.
St. Joe's carnival is traditionally the first parish carnival of the season in the area.
Carnival hours are 6 to 11 p.m. May 30, 6 to midnight May 31, 3 to midnight June 1 and 2 to 10 p.m. June 2.
The event will feature a variety of carnival rides for people of all
ages, as well as a carnival midway with games of chance and skill.
Traditional festival favorites like cotton candy, popcorn, elephant ears, deep-fried Twinkies and candy bars, will be joined by a range of other food and beverages at this year's carnival.
Local food vendors include:
• Thirsty Pig BBQ will serve authentic, pit-smoked, Texas-style
• Toña's Pupusas will sell enchiladas, pupusas, pasteles, hot wings, nachos, french fries, soda and ice tea.
• Triano's will offer pizza slices, hot dogs and fried items.
• El Campeón will sell non-alcoholic piña coladas and mango coladas.
• Mauro's Tacos will have steak tacos, marinated pork tacos and chicken tacos, as well as rice and beans. They also will have chicken and mole tacos, horchata, agua de Jamaica, soda and lemonade.
• Gaby's Funnel Cakes will sell funnel cakes and potato chips.
• Maria's Snow Cones will offer snow cones and elotes.
Proceeds from the carnival benefit St. Joseph School, which for
more than a century has provided a Catholic elementary education to girls and boys in Summit, Garfield Ridge, Clearing, Bedford Park, Bridgeview and other fine city neighborhoods and suburban towns.
See you there?