WOONSOCKET – After taking a year off due to the pandemic, the annual Holy Trinity Parish Carnival makes a triumphant return from Wednesday August 4 to Saturday August 7.
The carnival will take place on the parish grounds, 1409 Park Ave., in partnership with Rockwell Amusements for the rides. With all of the restrictions from last year, Reverend Dan Sweet has said they need to cancel it. The annual carnival is a big fundraiser for the parish and includes an indoor garage sale and bingo. Sweet said the parish was hit during COVID-19, but was able to avoid going into debt by dipping into her savings.
The event will be scaled down this year as they lack volunteers. Many people who usually volunteer are part of the senior population and may have mixed feelings about attending the event with COVID-19 still active.
“Fewer volunteers, and with fewer volunteers, we can’t have all the offers,” Sweet told The Breeze. “We have therefore reduced parish games. But we wanted to make it attractive for people to come and spend the money on the rides, because with the rides there is a revenue split, from Rockwell Amusements.
Sweet added that they expected fewer volunteers but understand why they will stay away this year.
The rides will be open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Wednesday to Friday, and will be operational on Saturday morning from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There is no admission to the carnival but tickets are required to participate in the rides. Pastoral assistant Alicia Rochefort said tickets for the rides will go on sale around 5:30 p.m. on weeknights and will also offer $ 30 bracelets that will allow ride-goers to ride as many times as possible. .
The rides are always a big hit but there will also be parish games and kiosks. Sweet said he redesigned the cabins this year to make them foldable and able to be stored.
“We wanted to focus on the games that were of most interest, whether profitable or not,” he said. “We wanted to keep games that people really like to play.”
Bingo will still be played but instead of having it in the parish garage, the game has moved to a classroom at the Monseigneur Gadoury school, which is now closed. Saturday’s indoor garage sale will also be held in the school cafeteria.
The event will also include food and entertainment.
“We wanted to do more food offerings in addition to our cooking,” Sweet said. “We’ll have the staples in burgers, hot dogs and fries, then Mickey G’s will provide clams and chowder.”
Mickey G’s is a daily staple in the parish parking lot. The truck will be there every four days. The parish also invites other food trucks, a novelty this year. On Friday evening, the Sunnyside and Bugs Barbeque food trucks will be at the carnival, and on Saturday the two food trucks will be Sunnyside and Gotta-Q again. Rochefort said Hershey’s Ice Cream will be offering new Hershey products instead of a regular parish ice cream stand. The Youth Ministry Group will be selling cotton candy this year.
Sweet added that they will also have Spanish food offerings from their Spanish community, including empanadas, fried plantains and fried salt cod.
On the entertainment side, the All Star Mounties Band will perform Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Tim & The Bandits will perform on Saturday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The parish is always looking for volunteers. If you are interested, call 401-762-5117.
Tickets for the parish raffle will be available during the carnival and a basket of pliers will be raffled at the carnival. There will be no fireworks at this year’s carnival, but they are expected to return next year.
“Lots of people involved,” Sweet said of the long planning process. “People love it. This is a difficult work. What’s more important than raising the money and the economics is just bringing people together. I think people want to do this. I pray for good weather.