Bryant Park hosted the 2016 Winter Carnival weekend, a part of Bank of America's annual winter village, in the middle of NYC February 5th and 6th. And here at EverBlock Systems, we're still buzzing with excitement from the event. There were so many fun activities to take part in including an ice ball, skating showcase, outdoor brewhouse, silent disco, curling lessons, and warming lodge. Best of all, we were front and center on Avenue of the Americas and 41st Street.
We certainly made a impact on guests with our grand entrance to the carnival, 10-foot high parapets and icy-white 20-foot long facade. Our team, with the help of Bank of America team members, built and built into the wee hours of Friday morning battling icy rain to finish this beauty! We used close to 1,200 of our Translucent blocks to complete this grandeur, lacing each of the four corner columns with LED light strips to illuminate the castle from within. Then, purple, blue, and pink flood lights were added along the base of the castle creating a brilliant colored glow.
Guests arrived and were stunned! We heard a story of friends interacting with it: one went up and touched the walls and the other friend said "Is it cold?!" That's the effect the translucent blocks had. And the dusting of snow that arrived early Friday morning boosted the feeling. With EverBlock you get the best of both worlds, a seemingly made-of-ice castle with NO melting. Even in the snow-plentiful town of Lake George, the real ice castle took some damage from the warm sun. Not with EverBlock. This stood up to the elements and was a fun and interactive feature for all the guests to play in! It made for a great background for selfies and social media shots. You can find lots on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the tag #wintercarnival.
The big number was the Silent Disco that happened Saturday night. Guests listened to music on their light-up headphones with killer DJs playing the tunes on two channels. It was a great way to bring the park to life after hours! Lots of dancing and singing out loud, for sure, but the music was only on in the headphones. Must have been some sight for passers-by!
In the end, the Winter Carnival was a huge success and a super, fun-packed weekend in NYC for residents and tourists alike. EverBlock was a great solution for the ice castle and with a turn-key rental and install, we set it up and broke it down before anyone knew what hit 'em!
Don't miss out next year, we're sure to be BIGGER and BETTER!
Happy wintertime and keep building!