Remember when: A cavalcade of delights

Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade, 1976. Picture: TSPL
Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade, 1976. Picture: TSPL
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THERE were flamboyant swimming costumes, wide-brimmed summer hats and even some comedy 19th century-style moustaches paraded through the city centre in the summer of 1979.

For their fancy dress efforts depicting yesteryear bathing, the Portobello Tourist Development Association – pictured above – caught the attention of float judges at the Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade, earning them first prize in the popular procession.

People on the Portobello float in 1979. Picture: TSPL

People on the Portobello float in 1979. Picture: TSPL

Tomorrow, the city centre will once again be filled with summer fun and antics as the second Edinburgh Festival Carnival is staged in and around Princes Street with a programme of events which is expected to draw thousands of revellers to Edinburgh.

The event officially kicks off festival season in the city with more than 400 musicians, dancers, circus and street acts from around the world set to descend on our streets.

And with that – fuelled by the heatwave -– comes summer fun for locals and tourists of all ages.

Such was the case too back in August 1987 when more than 100,000 people packed the pavements of Princes Street for the Evening News sponsored cavalcade – once the highlight of the summer season. Pictured here, staff from the paper held hundreds of balloons in the summer sun, many in fancy dress, as they strolled down Princes Street alongside musicians and performers from across the globe.

Two years’ prior, the event was not blessed with good weather as rain soaked proceedings. Despite this, as pictured here, spirits were not dampened and the spectacularly dressed floats were given a super send off.