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April 18: Carnegie Mellon University Spring Carnival Set for April 19–21


Ken Walters

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon University
Spring Carnival Set for April 19-21

Please Note Traffic Alert

EVENT: Carnegie Mellon University will hold its annual Spring Carnival Thursday, April 19 through Saturday, April 21. The Sweepstakes buggy races, a tradition since 1920, will be held Friday and Saturday morning, April 20–21. If inclement weather causes the cancellation of Friday and Saturday competition, races will be held Sunday, April 22. The university will also host numerous activities throughout the weekend on the "Midway."    

This year, three Carnegie Mellon groups are collaborating to provide live coverage of the buggy races. cmuTV will broadcast full-scale event coverage, including a NASCAR-style video production featuring more than 10 cameras, on channel 17. The student radio station, WRCT 88.3 FM, will also provide coverage of the live action, including interviews and play-by-play commentary. The competition will also be streamed online, thanks to the use of End System Multicast (ESM) software, which allows for massive viewing of streaming Internet video content at minimal cost. DVDs of the races from 2003 to the present will be available. Details on obtaining the ESM software, watching the feed and ordering DVDs can be found at

WHEN: Buggy races will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday and Saturday, April 20–21. Carnival activities will be held 3–10 p.m. on Thursday, April 19; 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Friday, April 20; and 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.

WHERE: Spring Carnival activities will take place in the Morewood Gardens parking lot, across the street from Cyert and Hamburg halls. Buggy races will be held on Tech and Frew streets, and Schenley Drive.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Margaret Morrison Street, Tech Street, Frew Street and Schenley Drive will be closed beginning at 6 a.m., April 20–21 for the buggy races. Roads will reopen by 12:30 p.m. Margaret Morrison Street will be closed to traffic at dusk (approximately 9:30 p.m.) Saturday, April 21 for a fireworks show. Cars may remain parked on Margaret Morrison Street and the top level of the East Campus Garage, but owners who leave their cars in these locations do so at their own risk.