For those of you who are unfamiliar with Caribou Carnival, it starts at noon on a Friday which means most businesses shut down early for the celebration. This year was no different. After working the morning I quickly went home to gear up, once I came back downtown, I found myself a prime parking spot (which was free courtesy of the City of Yellowknife) along 53rd st close to where 49th Ave was closed off for the carnival.
Once in the grounds there were tents spread out everywhere. In the empty parking lot was where your carnival food could be found. Like, cotton candy, hot dogs, syrup on a stick and much more. On the blocked off part of 49th Ave was the Kidz Alley where there were games for kids. Games like rope ladder climbing, giant snakes and ladders, ball toss, curling and more. This was all so close to the Caribou Carnival Jail, where those who were caught without a carnival button went, which was being constantly guarded by the carnivals finest Caribou Cops. In front of the City Hall building were two more tents with button making and sewing happening inside throughout the day. You could make your own button with your face on it, so years down the road you can look back and support yourself. Finally was the Big Tent where housed all the live music and entertainment. Many bands both from town and out played the stage throughout the day as well as Neal Bacon and The Checkerboard Guy.
The first day was a success in my mind, a few bumps here and there, but none the less a good day with lots to do. Then to conclude with an amazing fireworks show in the evening was perfect. Here is a recap video of the day and pictures. Let us know what you think of day one and our video/photos.