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.
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.
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.
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.