PICTOU – People, history and weather smiled on this year’s Pictou Lobster Carnival.
The carnival marked its 80th year with rousing aerial shows, fireworks and its customary events, along with general support of the organizing committee’s decision to host events at the CN parking lot.
“We’re excited, pumped, worn out – and we can’t wait until next year,” committee chairman Shawn McNamara said. “What I’ve been hearing, what makes me really proud are people saying ‘You brought back the carnival.’ Everyone said the same thing. It felt so good.”
McNamara was referring to the doubt cast on the carnival continuing more than a year ago due to financial difficulties and the momentum the event has assumed from last year’s event to this year’s.
“Financially, we’ll know in a couple of days how we did, but I’m feeling good about it,” McNamara said. “We’ll put out a financial statement as soon as we can get one.”
Despite some objections about moving the beer garden from its previous location beside the deCoste Entertainment Centre to the CN area, feedback was positive over the weekend, McNamara said.
“We had some glitches and some people wondering early on about moving the beer garden, but there was none of that this weekend,” he said. “We hope we get a lot of public opinion, but so far it’s all a plus.”
The carnival’s official opening on Friday drew on the event’s traditions from 1934 as a way to celebrate the fishing tradition in Pictou and surrounding communities.
Raymond Falconer, this year’s grand marshal and the patriarch of three generations of Falconers who graced the main stage, officially opened the carnival with a net cutting ceremony. He was accompanied by his son, Dewayne and...