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Another Hadid Sister? Yes, Alana!

Marlon Regis | Posted 02.10.2017 | Style
Marlon Regis

L-to-R: Gigi, Alana and Bella all carrying "Alana Hadid x Lou & Grey" clutches. If your heart's still beating, then probably at some point you've hea...

10 Things to Do in Calabar This Christmas

Toby Nwazor | Posted 12.08.2016 | Travel
Toby Nwazor

Calabar is a beautiful city in Nigeria, and was the first capital city of Nigeria too. It is a great place to visit at this period of the year especia...

Carnivals in the Côte d'Azur

Michael Schuermann | Posted 04.26.2015 | Travel
Michael Schuermann

Most countries and cultures have their own way of celebrating the arrival of spring - with Easter egg hunts, dances around maypoles and shouts of "play ball" in baseball spring training camps. The French Riviera has developed its own way of welcoming spring.

Hitchhiking 1,000 miles: A Tale for the Season of the Twelfth Night

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 02.22.2015 | Fifty
Michael Sean Comerford

In this season of the Twelfth Night, could this be what my jarring dream meant? I am not what I seem to be either, a fool for disguises, disguised to myself. What foolery in a journey of a 1,000 miles.

Dreams of Sleeping Beauties

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 01.06.2015 | Fifty
Michael Sean Comerford

Coney Island's rides stood in a dream-like state as I walked the boardwalk that morning. I overheard Russian, Japanese and Hispanic conversations. Seagulls outnumbered the people. Barges powered past. The rides behind the fences reminded me of the 10 traveling carnivals I worked in the last year, as if it was a past life.

The Ten Best State Fairs in the United States

Hopper.com | Posted 08.13.2014 | Travel
Hopper.com

Here are 10 of the best-loved and most widely-attended fairs in all of America, so grab a cotton candy and take a seat.

The Cops I Met on the Open Road

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 08.10.2014 | Fifty
Michael Sean Comerford

This California Highway Patrol officer drove me to a gas station near an I-580 onramp on my San Francisco-to-New Jersey hitchhike. The trunk is open b...

Bloody Carny Fights: Then, Now and Future

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 07.12.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

We all fight for our bit of colored ribbon, for what we want, however small or grand. How strange is it then that people who work with their hands, fight with their fists.

Carnival Marches on Stomach

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 06.08.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Mexican carnies, the majority of the workforce in bigger carnivals, tended to eat food bought at the local mercado. The men pooled their money and the women bought the food and cooked it on outdoor grills beside the carnival trailers.

Death Defying Father Mike Tells of Hell Rider Days

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 06.01.2014 | Religion
Michael Sean Comerford

Freak Show owner Chris Christ, left, and Father Michael Juran talk at the IISA Trade Show last month. This video is brought to you by HoldtheMayoMed...

Carnival Quarters, Pastures to Parks

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 05.22.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

In the 10 states I worked carnivals this last year, I lived on the border of Chugach National Forest in Alaska and in a cow pasture outside Chicago with 40 Black Angus cows and a big, dirty bull.

Carny Philosopher King With Buffalo Bill Beard

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 05.18.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

We're in a carnival bar, everyone in this bar is a carnival person. He was raised in carnivals and lives in carnivals. Yet he's not jaded.

Elvis the Mark, Carny Kids and the Showtown Allstars

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 04.22.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Elizabeth, 9, and her dad Original Tommy Arnold at the Showtown USA restaurant/bar in Gibsonton, Fla., seated at the Liar's Table WATCH THE VIDEO ...

Wolf's Howl Still Echoes

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 03.19.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Roadside Oil Boom North Dakota's oil boom could be seen in this farmer's field on the Bakken Formation, one of hundreds I saw along with fires burnin...

The Errol Flynn Dance of a Pecan Picker

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 02.09.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

"Dance" lied to just about everybody that teardown night at the Okefenokee Fair but he came out of the shadows when he told me about, and then showed ...

Life Lines Cut Path to Rides

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 01.26.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

I need to sell my year in traveling carnivals to an agent or publisher, I could use these winter months to track down leads and write that book.

Carnival Season Ends, Clock Ticks Until Next

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 11.26.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

My buddy Tyrone was at the office trailer window last week at this time talking to a microphone and the owner, who was behind a bullet proof window. I...

Behind the Totonac Mask: Trek to Carnytown Mexicano

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Last weekend in Tlapacoyan, Mexico, Salvador Garcia Alvarez talks about his town emptying out of men each year as they go north to work in American carnivals. This time of year, they come home to families and a different world.

Risky Life and Dreams of a Tub Thug Pimp

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Game agents control the tubs game with their hustle. Earlier this year a New Hampshire man lost his entire $2,600 life savings on a tubs game. "O hu...

Captain Morgan, Batman and Pursuit of Satisfaction

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 11.21.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

I've changed sides in the carnival world, I've gone from "ride jockey" running rides to "jointee," working games.

Blink, Eureka, Aha: Inspiration in Oz, Disney World, Carnivals

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 11.16.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

I believe traveling carnivals are worthy of study because they operate so close to the heartbeat of local epicenters -- neighborhoods, churches, commercial hubs. At that spot they increase the pulse with sights, sounds, tastes and thrills.

Kindness for Oz and His Traveling Scars

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 11.06.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Pool attendants, hanging prizes, blaring songs are all background as Oz tells a Brothers Grimm story, his own.

Carny Labor Day: From Beatings to a Prayer

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 10.21.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Even without many of the labor benefits of other jobs, I know carnies who never want to work any other way, or "be" anything else than a carny.

Carnival Crew Melting Pots: Mexicans, South Africans not "us"

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 10.10.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Carnivals are melting pots of ethnicity, with Mexicans and South Africans leading the way. The globalization of world's labor force hasn't left out carnivals.

Carnival Labor Day: Charlie Chants 'Union'

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 10.09.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Carny John once helped his mother run a carnival but says he gave up ownership because of carnies, who describes as a class of difficult, overlooked people he loves.