Carnival time !!!!!!!!!!!!

So, kicking off festival season once again it’s the very colourful and vibrant Jazz and Blues festival and their jam packed weekend of family friendly events with the Mardi Gras and the much loved festival Carnival

Both the Mardi Gras and Carnival are on the weekend of the 14th and 15th July and promise an extravaganza of music, colour, sound and feathers !!!

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Mardi GrasFrom 1pm at the Grassmarket, there will be a party atmosphere as a host of bands perform on multiple stages bringing swing, dixieland, boogies, blues and New Orleans to the historic heart of Edinburgh.

This year the line-up includes: Brass Gumbo, Hamlet, Kronendal Music Academy (South Africa) and Becc Sanderson Trio.


Carnival! imageCarnival – Sunday 15th July 2018 from 1.30pm – 4pm at Princes Street and Princes Street Gardens. The seventh Edinburgh Festival Carnival promises to deliver a dazzling spectacle under the castle!

Over 800 performers will create an extravaganza humming with the rhythms of salsa, African drummers, Balkan beats and swirling pipes and a feast for the eyes with sequined dancers, feathered costumes, Chinese dragons, circus performers and street theatre.

Music, dance, costumes, circus, acrobats and puppetry, from all over the world, and all over Scotland!


Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival 14th-23rd July 2017

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Goodness ! Festival season has totally crept up on me and now it feels like its hurtling towards us at fast speed !! Kicking things off this summer is the Jazz and Blues Festival from the 14th to the 23rd July. This features two very fun and family friendly events, namely Mardi Gras and the festival Carnival ! So expect some magical musical madness and colourful feathers galore !

Mardi Gras is on Saturday 15th July 1pm-4pm. The historic heart of Edinburgh becomes a mini New Orleans for the afternoon.A host of bands create non stop entertainment and a party atmosphere on stages across the Grassmarket, including   latin-swing band mixed with upbeat ska rhythms Swing’It Disney which sounds like one for the little people !

Carnival! imageCarnival is on Sunday 16th July at The Mound, Princes Street and  Princes Street Gardens. It is free admission, thanks to City of Edinburgh Council, timings are:

2.30pm: Parade from The Mound to the West End of Princes Street
3.30pm-5pm: Performances in Princes Street, Princes Street Gardens

There will be over 800 Carnival Performers! With music, dance, costumes, circus acrobats, puppetry from all over the world, this is not to be missed!


Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival 15th-24th July

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Festival time is fast approaching and to kick things off in style, we’ve got the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival in a couple of weeks time, running from the 15th-24th July..

This provides two very fun events for kids and families, namely the Mardi Gras and then of course, the festival Carnival…

Mardi Gras will be on the Saturday 16th July and will be in the Grassmarket, for the whole afternoon, The Grassmarket becomes home to multiple stages, non-stop entertainment and a host of bands. This year’s musical line up includes: Criterion Brass Band, St. Aidan’s Swing Band, James Brown Is Annie, Rosie Nimmo and Stuart Allardyce, Jambouree, Charlotte Marshall & The 45s.       1-4pm


Carnival! imageCarnival is on Sunday 17th July , kicking off at 2.30pm from the Mound, Princess Street:

2.30pm – Parade from The Mound to the West End of Princess Street

2.30-5pm – Performances in Princess Street, Princess Street Gardens,

There will be over 700 Carnival Performers with music, dance, costumes, circus acrobats and puppetry from all over the world!

If you have never been before, its a really fun and colourful afternoon -come and see giant puppets, exotic sounds, bright costumes and street performances and join the fun!

Mardi Gras at the Grassmarket and Edinburgh Festival Carnival

The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival kicks off the summer festivals with a weekend of free events which look great for families.

On Saturday 20th July its the Mardi Gras at the Grassmarket starting from 1pm featuring lots of bands, different stages and a party atmosphere…

On Sunday 21st July its the Edinburgh Festival Carnival (which has replaced the Cavalcade). This promises to be a great afternoon, with street performers, music, costumes and lots of entertainment. Its on Princes Street and in Princes Street Gardens from 2pm – 4pm and best of all, its free !

Over 35 acts, with a total of over 400 performers, will come together to create a vibrant international Carnival party.This year, audiences will be free to promenade around Princes Street (between South Charlotte Street and the Mound) and all over West Princes Street Gardens..

There will be a family area in the West End of Princes Street Gardens, featuring the ‘Big Red Bus’, which will have storytelling and facepainting.

Lets hope it a sunny weekend !