We interrupt your London Summer posts to talk about the Festivals’ Cavalcade.
I discovered it by chance when (on Saturday) I passed by a signboard that said “Edinburgh Festivals’ Cavalcade at Holyrood Park; Sun 8 August.” Something like that. But anyway after I got home from wandering the Fringe street stuff, I looked it up online and realised that it was some sort of parade. Yay! Parade!
We got to Holyrood Park fairly early – somewhere around 1.30, maybe? – and plopped down by the railing to eat our Subway sandwiches while waiting for the Cavalcade to begin at 2. (Tuna+tomates+onions+sweet onion sauce is tops!)
This is what the area around us looked like prior to the start of the parade.
It started a while after 2 – with a lotttt of bikers. That explained all the commotion at the Harley Davidson place opposite my flat in the morning. The noise woke me up and I had no idea what was going on. -_-”
The Royal Jordanian Army Band (according to BBC).
Actually, some of these “walking advertisements” were kinda boring to see… I liked the marching bands best~
There was some Hare Krishna float as well, which unsettled me even more than the meditation float. Reminded me a bit of those Hindu processions and stuff back home. The incense usually puts me off the most. I was glad when it passed, frankly. Heh.
Things to note/look out for:
– I strongly suggest you turn your speaker volume down a bit first – those bagpipes are quite loud. If you can’t hear then turn up the volume again, but don’t leave it full blast to start with.
– When the huge green caterpillar appears, you can hear some kids on the opposite side of the road yelling, “Eat me! Eat me!” It’s hilarious.
(At time of posting, Youtube is still telling me that the vid is “still being processed” so if it jumps a bit or does odd things, try again in a while. It’s also probably not as clear as it should be because I had to recompress it as the completed video was too large to be uploaded and the recompression kinda killed the clarity a bit.)