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What's the Essence of a Carnival?

Illinois Compiled Statutes ยง 11-54.1-1 tells us:

"Carnival" means and includes an aggregation of attractions, whether shows, acts, games, vending devices or amusement devices, whether conducted under one or more managements or independently, which are temporarily set up or conducted in a public place or upon any private premises accessible to the public, with or without admission fee, and which, from the nature of the aggregation, attracts attendance and causes promiscuous intermingling of persons in the spirit of merrymaking and revelry.

Promiscuous intermingling of persons in the spirit of merrymaking and revelry -- I couldn't have said it better myself.

Glenn W. Bowen (mail):
ya know, your posts have been rather racy of late- stackin' up traffic for revinue?

I mean I don't care, jus' askin'...
1.10.2007 7:27pm
Crunchy Frog:

Promiscuous intermingling of persons in the spirit of merrymaking and revelry

I must not be going to the right carnivals - sounds more like the description of a bathhouse.

Not that I've ever been in one, you understand.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Okay, I'll shut up now.
1.10.2007 7:44pm
Lev:
Also, authentic geeks.
1.10.2007 7:47pm
anonVCfan:
Unfortunately, whenever anyone says "carnival," one of the first thoughts that enters my mind is Kathy Lee Gifford singing.
1.10.2007 7:51pm
kimsch (mail) (www):
Would a strip club qualify under this statute? My husband seems to think so. And we live here in Illinois...
1.10.2007 10:29pm
Parvenu:
Might be a stretch to get it to qualify as "an aggregation of attractions, whether shows, acts, games, vending devices or amusement devices." I suppose it might be "an aggregation of ... acts," but that doesn't seem to be quite what was probably envisioned by carnival acts.
1.11.2007 1:59am
professays (mail):
The prime meaning of the word carnival is promenade, isn't it?
1.11.2007 8:44am
Tony2 (mail):
I must not be going to the right carnivals - sounds more like the description of a bathhouse.

Not that I've ever been in one, you understand.


Apparently not! Bathhouses in the US are almost always dour, gloomy places. The gay ones, anyway.
1.11.2007 4:54pm