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Edinburgh set to explode with pulsating Carnival rhythms! 25 Jun 2015

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The fourth Edinburgh Festival Carnival is limbering up for its biggest – and brightest – year yet!

The parade will begin the festivities at 2pm on Sunday 19th July, leading 700 Carnival performers from the top of the Mound to the West End of Princes Street in an extravaganza of high-energy music and dazzling costumes!

Now in its fourth year, the Festival Carnival has become a key event in the launch of the summer Festivals season, and will once again set Princes Street, Princes Street Gardens, and The Grassmarket humming with the rhythms of salsa, New Orleans brass band, Balkan beats and swirling pipes.

As well as a treat for the ear the Carnival offers a feast for the eyes with sequined dancers, feathered costumes, Chinese dragons, circus performers and street theatre in one big dazzling spectacle under the castle!

The Parade will be led by carnival favourites, Kalentura, from the Netherlands, and will feature over 700 drummers, acrobats, dancers, jugglers, brass players, pipers, and stilt walkers in a dazzling range of costumes and puppets, all coming together from 12 different countries (including China, South Africa, Zambia, Martinique, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Serbia as well as Scottish and UK acts) down The Mound and along Princes Street to South Charlotte Street.

A significant element of the parade will then move to Kings Stables Road and parade through the Grassmarket, turning the city centre into an international carnival spectacular!

Last year’s Festival Carnival attracted over 30,000 residents and visitors from in and around Edinburgh on one of the hottest days of the year. The event takes place from 2pm until 5.30pm on Sunday 19th July – with free admission for all, thanks to the support of The City of Edinburgh Council.

More information on the performers taking part in Carnival 2015

Want to be a part of it?

The Carnival is not just for spectators - the people of Edinburgh are invited to take part in the parade alongside professional musicians, dancers and costumed performers. Individuals, families or groups can sign up to come along on the day and wear one of the fantastic Carnival costumes!

Edinburgh Festival Carnival organisers are also looking for volunteers (ages 16 and over) to support the Carnival and all of the supporting events.

For all participant and volunteer opportunities, contact or call 0131 467 5200.

The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival runs the Carnival, and Producer, Roger Spence, said:

“The Festival Carnival creates a fantastic spectacle in the city centre, with performers from all around the world sharing their Carnival cultures with the people of Edinburgh and each other. As always, we are inviting the people of Edinburgh to join the Carnival fun by either participating (why not wear a costume?), or simply by attending and having a great day out. We’d like to thank the The City of Edinburgh Council and Forth1 for supporting the Carnival”

Cllr Richard Lewis, Festivals and Events Champion, City of Edinburgh Council, said: 

“We are delighted to support the Edinburgh Festival Carnival again this year. It is important to make culture accessible to all ages, price ranges and tastes and the Carnival offers that. The parade celebrates just how international Edinburgh’s cultural offering has become and it’s the perfect way to launch the summer festival season.”

Oona McGinnis, Sponsorship and Promotions Manager from Forth 1 said:

“Forth 1 is proud to be a sponsor of the Edinburgh Festival Carnival which is a key event in Edinburgh’s event calendar. Set against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle the event adds a splash of excitement to the streets of Edinburgh. We are delighted that Mark Martin will compere the main stage”.


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