Cooke Street Carnival returns for a fourth year on Saturday, October 13th. This year's theme is The Year of the Flamingo, with Chinese New Years Carnivals as the main inspiration.
There will be (at least) five food trucks, including Chirba Chirba Dumplings, Bulkogi BBQ, Sympathy for the Deli, American Meltdown and Captain Poncho's Tacos. Refreshing beverages will be offered by Lone Rider Beer, Aviator Brewing, Carolina Brewing Company, Slingshot Coffee, Counter Culture Coffee and Busy Bee sampling some of their homebrews for their upcoming nano-brewery in Downtown Raleigh. Your sweet tooth will be quinched by either Crumb, Escazu or Sweets Raleigh.
Bands this year will rang from the quirky folk pop of Bombadil, to the instrumental rock of Gray Young, the lyrical hip hop of Durham's Professor Toon and the psychedelic rock of The Spacemen. Read more about the bands and see the schedule over at the website.
The typical carnival antics of street performers, eating contests, dunking booth and street races return. There will be a slow bike race, sponsored by Oak City Cycling Project and a Peep Flamingo eating contest that is sure to be a laugh. The dunking booth is back and we are lining up notorious pranksters to get dunked as we speak. So be sure to show up on the day of the event and check the schedule for who will be in the booth at each hour.
Over 40 art vendors will set up along the side walk once again. From CityFabric to Metamorphosis Metals to Raleigh City Farm to the amazingly popular Advice Booth from last year, the Cooke Street Greenway will be heavily population by local merchants. See a list of full vendors here.
New photo-opp boards by artists Becky Joye, Ross Ford, LaKeesha Fradella of Martian Creations (and a few more) will be added to our already massive collection of street art. Marbles Kids Museums, Wild at Art, and the Autism Society, face painting, caricatures and a hoola-hoop jam will form the Lil Flamingo Pond for kids to play in throughout the day. We are continuing to define the day's activities, so more surprises are sure to be added in the next two weeks, including hopefully street dragons and more.
The Cooke Street Neighborhood is dedicated to helping reduce the waste of our event each year and promoting recycling and composting of waste. Therefore, we have teamed up with CompostNow to move towards a Zero Waste event. You will have the option to recycle, compost or send your waste to the landfill this year. We hope this raises more awareness on where your trash goes on a daily basis and helps make CSC an event more environmentally friendly event.
Cooke Street Carnival is a free and not-for-profit event. All proceeds go to helping the carnival return each year.
Each year, The Cooke Street Carnival picks a locally based charity to sponsor and this year it will be the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. So bring out your canned foods and look forward to having a fun Fall time at a carnival in the street.
Cooke Street Carnival 2012: The Year of the Flamingo
Saturday October 13th from 1-6pm.
A full event schedule can be found over the Cooke Street Carnival Website.