How a carnival brought good times to Long Beach


For a few nights, the large dirt lot on the corner of East Broadway and Edwards Boulevard was more than just a parking lot of summer beachgoers. It was a carnival, with rides, games, food and laughs.

The carnival was up and running last Friday through Monday and was open to the entire community. The Chabad of the Beaches ran it Sunday and Monday and offered many more Kosher food options for the Jewish community. The city ran the carnival on Friday and Saturday.

“It’s open to the entire community Friday and Saturday,” Rabbi Eli Goodman said.  “And it’s open Sunday and Monday and for the Jewish community because they can’t be there on the other days. We have this way so everybody gets to participate and everybody has a chance to enjoy.”

There were tons of rides, ranging from carnival classics including a slide, the giant swing, a Tornado, bumper cars and a 70-foot Ferris wheel. There were also game booths, face painting, traditional carnival food, and Kosher options, and a Torah workshop on Sunday and Monday.

“It’s an amazing carnival. We have it every year here in the summer,” Goodman said. “It’s just a phenomenal event for people to come by the beach and people get a chance to have a good time.”

Goodman said over 1,000 people come each day of the carnival. The annual event, which has been going on for about 15 years, has continuously been a big event for the entire community.