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Edinburgh Festival Carnival Announces its programme 10 Jul 2017

Edinburgh Festival Carnival Announces its programme image

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

The parade will begin the festivities on Sunday 16th July, leading 800 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!


The Parade running from 2.30pm will disperse into West Princes Street Gardens for an afternoon of live performances. Among the acts participating are

Artscape: dancers from Cape Town, South Africa

Barefeet Theatre: acrobats from Zambia

KalentuRa: drummers and dancers from Holland

Edinburgh Samba School: colourful Samba percussion and dance group

A samba explosion from Samba Resille (France)

Chinese Dragon and Lion: Edinburgh Chinese Community

Pep-Circus from France

Dance Groups from Spain and Beijing

Bombrando: pipes and drums from Portugal

Young Edinburgh based samba group: Pulse of the Place


The Carnival runs from 2.30pm until 5pm on Sunday 16th July

Take a look at the full map, list of performers and zones here.


And it’s 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! To take part, please contact Anna Plant 






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