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Edinburgh Festival Carnival

Join the Edinburgh Carnival party! A free, family music and dance event with a flamboyant, festive flavour, the Edinburgh Festival Carnival takes place on the opening weekend of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival. 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 as the streets are transformed into a party atmosphere.


Get in touch!

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