Nostalgia: It’s carnival time

People on the Portobello float dressed as bathing belles for the  Festival Cavalcade in 1979. Picture: TSPL
People on the Portobello float dressed as bathing belles for the Festival Cavalcade in 1979. Picture: TSPL
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IT’S that time of the year where the city centre will become a sea of brightly coloured outfits, feathered headpieces, musical instruments and circus tricks.

The annual Festival Carnival will entertain thousands of spectators as it makes its way through the city centre.

A child takes a seat as the procession goes by in 1977. Picture: TSPL

A child takes a seat as the procession goes by in 1977. Picture: TSPL

It kicks off at 2pm, leaving from The Mound and travelling to the West End of Princes Street.

Following the parade, the spectators in attendance will be treated to a range of performances along Princes Street, Princes Street Gardens and the Grassmarket.

More than 700 performers will take part in the carnival, and it will feature a range of entertainers.

There will be dancers, acrobats, pipe bands and giant puppets for all to enjoy, to name just a few.

Pipers march along Princes Street during the Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade procession of 1984. Picture: TSPL

Pipers march along Princes Street during the Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade procession of 1984. Picture: TSPL

The carnival parade is a reincarnation of the popular Evening News Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade, which entertained residents every August.

In 1980, crowds of people lined Waverley Bridge to get a good view of proceedings. There were even a few who were brave enough to sit atop the current Princes Mall to secure one of the best seats in the house.

Portobello residents brought a little bit of the seaside to the parade in 1979.

Their float boasted a nautical theme, with “bathing belles” showing off their Victorian-inspired outfits.

Mrs G Nimmo, Ian Nimmo (Evening News' news editor), musician Larry Adler and Wendy Jones of Scotsman Publications Publicity Department, judges of the Evening News Festival Cavalcade floats in August 1977. Picture: TSPL

Mrs G Nimmo, Ian Nimmo (Evening News' news editor), musician Larry Adler and Wendy Jones of Scotsman Publications Publicity Department, judges of the Evening News Festival Cavalcade floats in August 1977. Picture: TSPL

In 1977, a young child had a rest from standing as the brass band paraded along Princes Street as part of the procession.

That year Ian Nimmo, the news editor of the Evening News, joined Mrs G Nimmo, musician Larry Adler and Wendy Jones from The Scotsman’s publicity department, to judge the cavalcade floats.