The clouds moved in and the rain fell on opening ceremonies but that didnt faze the buskers or the busker fans. Umbrellas in hand, people poured onto King Street in UpTown Waterloo intent on seeing yet another quirky blend of busker talent. The 14th edition of the Waterloo Busker Carnival had started and would run for 4 days from August 22nd to 25th.
From the fundraising Festival of Fools on the Wednesday evening to Opening Ceremonies with a free BBQ, the ever popular Kidz Day on Friday afternoon, The Late Night Adult Show on Saturday evening, and The Vaudeville Show finale on Sunday afternoon, the carnival was a success despite the weather.
Buskers for the 2002 carnival included:
Andy Zapp, Australia - comedy, clowning, physical comedy
Kinetic Theatre, Australia - mime, clowning, physical comedy
Jeff Collins, Halifax - comedy, magic, fire eating, escape
David Forlano, Maine - physical comedy, juggling
Daisy'n'Derek, New Zealand - fire juggling, acrobatics, flex tricks
Sublimit, Japan - acrobatics extraordinaire
The Jim Show, Massachusetts - crazy feats of skill, comedy
Marie Claude L'or, Montreal - face painting
Toby Wittington, Australia - "Copperman" characterization
Seams Like Magic, Waterloo - face painting, comedy, clowning
Chef Marco, Texas - mime, juggling, clowning, food
Connie Leaverton, Texas - juggling, acrobatics, comedy
Flaming Butterflies, Australia - fire dancing
Flying Bob, Saskatoon - juggling, unicycling, high wire, comedy
Karl Salter, Connecticut - fire juggling, comedy
Silly People, Kitchener - balloon artistry, comedy
Ed Strander, New York - musical glass performer
Little did Daniel Forlano realize that he would return in 2007 and be a fan favourite for the 25th anniversary of the carnival in 2013.