PICTOU, N.S. – It is time to Rock the Lobster.
The 84th Annual Pictou Lobster Carnival kicks off Friday entertainment at both the main stage and on Pictou Harbour.
The ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. on the main stage with the net cutting, lobster banding competition and king lobster contest. The Tammy Nichol Queen of the Sea crowning will take place at 7 p.m. and a parade of sail will be going on in the harbour at the same time. Fireworks will be held at 10 p.m. over Pictou Harbour.
Entertainment for Friday evening starting at 8 p.m. will be the Jon Raven Band, Next Exit , East River Rats and Mudmen.
On Saturday, events start at 8 a.m. with the pancake breakfast at the New Horizon’s Seniors Club followed by a children’s parade, derby races, Black Battalion parade march and memorial ceremony. In the harbour, the modified boat races will start 11:30 a.m. followed by the lobster boat races at 2:30 p.m. and lobster trap hauling contest.
On the main stage Saturday afternoon, the Little Mermaid and Prince Neptune pageant will take place at 11:30 a.m. and on Caladh Avenue the bed races will take place at noon. Entertainment on the main stage begins with Juggling Bubblers at 12:30 p.m. , Old Time Dance with Albert Dunnewold at 3:30 p.m.; The Divorcees will tak the stage at 8 p.m. followed by The Grassabilies and the Hypochondriacs.
Ronald Heighton, a Toney River fisherman and president of the Northumberland Fishermen’s Association, is grand marshal of the Mardi Gras Parade starting at 6:45 p.m.
On Sunday, Caladh Avenue will be closed for the antique car show starting at 10 a.m. and a dog show will take place at the Pictou Vet Clinic at 1 p.m. Classes include waggiest tail, best kisser, best costume, longest tail, shortest tail and best trick. It is open to children 12 years and under.
Entertainment on the main stage begins at 11 a.m. with Brian, Brenda and Floyd for a gospel sing at 11 a.m. Downtown jam will take place at 1 p.m. followed by Kelsey Kay Johnson, The Randy Swallows Band, Men of the Deeps, Robert Bouchard, Kitchen Criminals and the carnival’s headliner, Ashley MacIsaac.
Ongoing events throughout the weekend include Hinchey’s Midway rides and games, lobster dinners at the New Caledonian Curling Club, beer garden at the CN grounds and RC Racing games located behind the Pictou Justice Centre.
A complete list of events can be found at www.pictoulobstercarnival.ca