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Edinburgh Festival Carnival

Edinburgh Festival Carnival

Join the Edinburgh Carnival celebration! A free, family music and dance event with a festive flavour, the Edinburgh Festival Carnival takes place on the opening weekend of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival every July. From the top of the Mound to the West End of Princes Street, expect to see flamboyant outfits and world class music from over 800 Carnival performers from across the globe as the streets are transformed into multicultural celebration featuring of music, dance, puppets, circus and acrobatics.


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If you would like to contact the Edinburgh Festival Carnival team, please email


With thanks to the City of Edinburgh Council, the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, Erasmus, the Chinese Art & Culture Community, and Forth 1.

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Parade walking down The Mound with drums