Posted on 10/23/2015

It was bye week for the Dallas Cowboys, but that didn’t stop 6,000 fans from celebrating the country’s most valuable football team at the Ultimate Cowboys Fan Fest in Dallas. Texas is known for more than gridiron, with the substantial contributions of the cruise industry. So it is no surprise that the day included mandatory country music and a Carnival-like atmosphere.

Last weekend Carnival Cruise Line sponsored a festival at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, where fans enjoyed a full schedule of activities, capped off by a free concert by country superstar Trace Adkins. Darren Woodson, a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Cowboys, served as emcee for the event, which also included appearances by the Cowboys’ mascot Rowdy, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue Dancers and Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue Drumline. There was a re-creation of the Cowboys Football Academy training camp and a football toss challenge against perennial all-star Woodson.

At the top of every hour, one lucky attendee was chosen to win a Carnival cruise giveaway. Food trucks were on site but Carnival gave samples of its onboard food and beverage offerings with a mocktail station with drinks inspired by the Caribbean-themed Red Frog Pub and Blue Iguana Cantina Mexican eatery. Carnival has three ships sailing year-round from Galveston; Carnival Freedom, Carnival Magic and Carnival Triumph. Together, these ships carry more than 600,000 guests a year.

“Creating fun and memorable moments is at the heart of what we do here at Carnival Cruise Line,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival’s president. “Even though this is a bye week for the Cowboys, we’re thrilled to bring our unmistakable brand of spirit and excitement to create a fun game day atmosphere for Dallas fans.”