PARAMUS, NJ – The L.E.A.D. Fest Carnival kicks off Thursday night at Westfield Garden State Plaza.

This year’s carnival will run from May 30 to June 9 in the mall’s parking lot and feature food, over two dozen rides, a midway and several special unlimited ride ticket deals.

On weekdays, hours will be from 5 to 11 p.m. and on weekends, it will run from noon to 11 p.m.The admission donation is $3 daily, unless otherwise noted, according to event organizers. 

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For more information, visit https://theleadfest.com/carnival/. To purchase tickets in advance, log onto https://www.emctickets.com/leadfest/

The annual event benefits the Paramus L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) curriculum in schools. In 2015, L.E.A.D. took over New Jersey’s D.A.R.E. as the state’s anti-drug and violence programming.