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.
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.”
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.”