By Naomi Santana
Dolphinpalooza is an annual event hosted by the Student Programming Board that is free for students with live music, inflatables, food trucks and fireworks. The event took place on Saturday, April 21 at the John Spoor Broome Library Plaza from 5-10 p.m.
This year’s theme for Dolphinpalooza was neon. There were neon signs, neon lights and neon colors on the stage. The event also had live bands, such as the Road Brothers and Whesli.
There were many attendees at Dolphinpalooza, including students, staff and faculty, as well as family of many CI community members. Many were enjoying the games, the activities, the music and the food. The activities included sumo wrestling, a rock-climbing wall, a laser tag dome and many others.
The food trucks that were available were Dreamy Creations, Cowboy Johns, Maria’s Kitchen and Kona Ice. Additionally, University Auxiliary Services was available with vegetarian and vegan options.
For students who arrived early there were free food coupons, and others who came later could buy from any of the vendors. There was a drink table available to all and Kona Ice was free and unlimited to everyone.
The CI View was able to interview a few students on their thoughts and feelings on the event.
“I think it’s a great event,” said James Felix, a biology major.
“I am enjoying the activities and the music,” said Luke Padilla, a biology major.
“The activities are fun and the artists are great,” said Corinne Amador, a psychology major.
Joel Naranjo, a health science major, and Stefan Popelka, an undeclared major, also added, “The food is good and the activities are fun. Dolphinpalooza is fun and the music is great.”
Maggie Bueno, a psychology major, Amber Trejo, a business major, and Alex Maldonado, a history major, all mentioned that the activities were fun and that the music and the artists were great.
“I love the free snow cones and the activities,” Trejo said, and Maldonado added that “the artists are really good.”
Dolphinpalooza concluded the night with fireworks over Central Mall for everyone to enjoy.