Edinburgh Festival Carnival: Festival season hits carnival fever-pitch
CARNIVAL fever hit Edinburgh yesterday, with musicians and dancers from around the world launching the start of festival season.
The first ever Edinburgh Festival Carnival was made up of 20 international acts, including samba dancers from Brazil, a New Orleans brass band and carnival dancers from Trinidad.
It was organised as a replacement to the Cavalcade, which has long launched the start of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and International Festival.
However, this year festival organisers decided to bring the celebration forward in a bid to highlight Edinburgh as a summer-long festival city. It was also aimed at attracting attention to the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, now under way.
Musicians and dancers dressed in traditional, brightly-coloured carnival-style costumers performed in Princes Street Gardens and on Princes Street.
Rose Street was dedicated to street performers, mime-artists and jugglers, and Castle Street had children’s entertainment with puppet shows, face painting and funfair rides.
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