CARNIVAL-webWAKEFIELD — If our seemingly endless winter has you feeling down, fear not, the first sign of spring is here! April vacation is coming and with it the annual Wakefield Independence Day Spring Carnival. The carnival will be in the Galvin Middle School parking lot, offering rides, food, fun and games for toddlers, teenagers and parents.

The carnival will be open on Tuesday, April 21 from 6 to 10 p.m., on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 2 to 10 p.m. and on Saturday, April 25 from noon to 10 p.m.

Wristbands are available for purchase — $25 buys you four hours of rides on Tuesday through Friday and five hours of rides on Saturday.

Everyone’s favorite rides are back, including the nausea-inducing Zipper, the spinning Tilt-A-Whirl, the flying Paraglide and the rocking-boat Pharaoh. On the menu are your usual carnival basics, including hot dogs, sausages, fried dough and cotton candy.

The annual carnival is run as a fundraiser by the Wakefield Independence Day Committee to help support Wakefield’s Fourth of July parade. All costs related to the parade that brings in upward of 50,000 people each year are raised through the Independence Day Committee.

According to Parade Fundraising Chairman Paul Watts, “The carnival is one of the largest fundraisers for the parade, typically bringing in close to 20 percent of the funds necessary to fund the parade each year, so while it’s a lot of fun it’s also very important.”

The WIDC is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and contributions made in support of the parade may be considered charitable donations.