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Sun shines on new Cavalcade route


Sun shines for Cavalcade

The Edinburgh Festivals' Cavalcade, which traditionally runs through the centre of the city, has taken place in Holyrood Park for the first time.

The disruption caused by work to lay tram lines on Princes Street, Edinburgh's main thoroughfare, meant a new route for the parade.

Thousands turned out in the sunshine as the cavalcade was led by more than 150 motorbikes.

About 2,000 took part including a large section of the Military Tattoo.

More than 2,000 performers took part in the Cavalcade

The parade included 24 community floats and a selection of local bands.

Organisers said 75,000 people cheered on the cavalcade.

Showers in the morning held off during the parade, which wound down Queen's Drive below Salisbury Crags, then on to the Scottish Parliament and Palace of Holyrood House.

The usual Fringe Sunday event in the Meadows was cancelled this year and cavalcade organisers gave acts the chance to perform on the playing field between Meadowbank and Holyrood Palace instead.

An event spokesman said: "It went brilliantly - better that expected.

"The park isn't really built for this level of traffic, but we managed."

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