Celebrating with a Deaf carnival

The Deaf Carnival brings together ASL and non-ASL speakers alike.



Michelle Abbott


In April, Pierce College students and friends gathered at the Deaf Carnival, a celebration of the arts for ASL speakers.

The event provided an opportunity for members of the hearing-impaired community and their loved ones to enjoy dancers, jugglers and other deaf performers.

Balloon hats abounded and popcorn toppled out of red and white striped bags while volunteer ASL students interpreted and participants smiled.

Activities included musical chairs, a ball toss and a cake walk, among others. A performance by Pinky the Juggler, deaf unicyclist and traveling entertainer, concluded the event in the AAH theater.

Pinky the Juggler, also known as Pinky Aiello, entertained the crowd with comic relief focused on audience participation. Aiello was born deaf, and she’s traveled the world working as a full time entertainer. She inspired laughter from a captivated crowd of Puyallup children and brightened faces with her performance.

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Celebrating with a Deaf carnival

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