Thousands attend Edinburgh Festival Carnival

Amber Higgins and Aleksandra Szmidt don some natty headgear. Picture: Scott Louden
Amber Higgins and Aleksandra Szmidt don some natty headgear. Picture: Scott Louden
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Thousands of people packed the streets of the city centre yesterday as a colourful procession of Chinese dragons, stilt walkers and acrobats snaked its way down Princes Street.

The fourth Edinburgh Festival Carnival saw 700 performers burst through the heart of the city, entertaining crowds with an array of stunts and musical performances and bringing life to the streets 
despite grey skies overhead.

Lucia Falconer and Noeaui Altubo of Edinburgh Samba School. Picture: Scott Louden

Lucia Falconer and Noeaui Altubo of Edinburgh Samba School. Picture: Scott Louden

An hour-long parade – led by carnival favourites Kalentura from the Netherlands – trooped from The Mound to the west end of Princes Street, before braking off through King’s Stables Road and into the Grassmarket where events ran into the early evening.

Ann Munro, 59, and her husband Ron, 63, had made the journey through from Fife especially for the occasion – and it didn’t disappoint.

Mrs Munro said: “It’s excellent, and I think people are generally enjoying it.

“We were standing beside a woman and her grandchildren and they were so absorbed by it.”

Bombrando beat a path through the city centre. Picture: Scott Louden

Bombrando beat a path through the city centre. Picture: Scott Louden

Closer to home, Matthew Priest, 36, had travelled up from Easter Road to watch the procession for the first time with three friends.

He said: “It was great – much bigger and more professional than I thought.”

alistair.grant@edinburghnews.com

A feathery-looking outfit catches the eye. Picture: Scott Louden

A feathery-looking outfit catches the eye. Picture: Scott Louden

Performers put on a spectacular ' and lofty ' show for the crowds. Picture: Scott Louden

Performers put on a spectacular ' and lofty ' show for the crowds. Picture: Scott Louden