Mild temperatures and sunny skies brought thousands of people to 104th Street in downtown Edmonton on Saturday as the City Market moved outside for the first day this year.
Market regulars will notice a small change this year. Construction on Fox Tower at 102nd Avenue and 104th Street means booths won’t be set up north of 102nd Avenue.
Instead, the vendors are arranged in a t-shape, running along 104th street, one block north of Jasper, and then fanning out along 102nd Avenue between 103rd and 105 Streets.
Market chairman and vendor Dan Young says it’s great to be back.
"Everybody's excited to be here. It's a brand new, like you say, configuration. We've had nothing but positive results from that," he said.
"The vendors are happy. The customers seem ecstatic about it. And they're all glad to have us back on the street."
Young says the market plans to publish a map of nearby parking spots to make it easier for people who want to drive downtown.
The market will be outdoors on Saturdays until Thanksgiving. After that, vendors move inside to city hall.