People dressed as cartoon characters flood Fredericton streets
About 1,000 expected to attend Animaritime, an annual anime and gaming convention
People dressed as video game and cartoon characters will invade the streets of Fredericton this weekend.
The city is playing host to a regional anime and gaming convention called Animaritime.
Organizers expect to see at least 1,000 people attend the family-friendly event, primarily between the ages of 14 and 27.
Breanne Thomas says she will be there in a costume she made for herself of the Batman character, Poison Ivy.
She says it's a form of creative expression that isn't for everyone.
"I know some friends who have dressed up from different video games where, like, people across the street have recognized them and, like, cheered at them, like positive reinforcement," said Thomas.
"There's also been some people who don't understand it and don't think to ask and a negative reaction kind of comes out. So, sometimes it can be a little bit like, just try to ignore the negative comments."
The event, now in its ninth year, will include discussion panels, workshops, tournaments and a masquerade.
"You can either just walk on and display your costume," said Thomas, who has attended the five previous events.
"There's also people who have, like, skits and dances and there's people who actually, like, sing. It's pretty impressive the workmanship that people in the Maritimes display," she said. "There's people who make things out of things you would never guess and make it look just like it's supposed to."
This year's theme is Through Time and Space.
Animaritime 2013 is being held June 28-30 at the Fredericton Convention Centre and the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel.