History of the Waterloo Busker Carnival: 2002 - Year 14

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.