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The Largest and Oldest

Interesting History

The Pictou Lobster Carnival, renowned as the world's oldest and largest celebration of its kind, holds a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike. Originating as a small community gathering in Pictou in 1934, the carnival has evolved into a grand event that draws crowds from near and far.

Amidst the picturesque backdrop of Pictou's waterfront, the carnival unfolds with a vibrant parade, showcasing colorful floats and lively performances. As attendees flock to the carnival grounds, they're greeted by the enticing aroma of freshly prepared dishes and tasty creations.

Beyond the culinary delights, the carnival offers lots of entertainment options, including live music, carnival rides, and games. One of the main attractions is the annual lobster banding competition, where skilled fishermen vie for the title of champion, adding an element of excitement to the festivities as well as boat races.

Yet, what truly sets the Pictou Lobster Carnival apart is its sense of community and tradition. Families gather to enjoy quality time together, while visitors experience the warmth and hospitality of maritime culture. 

As the sun sets on another successful carnival, attendees depart with a sense of fulfillment, already looking forward to the next year's festivities.