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Edinburgh Festivals’ Cavalcade 2010

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We interrupt your London Summer posts to talk about the Festivals’ Cavalcade. :P

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.

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There were even people sitting part way up the Crags watching. (I took this photo after the parade ended.)
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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. -_-”
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And then there was a line of red and black Ferraris… I instantly thought of Gim Han. ahahaha
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Horses! =D
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Whee, and so it begins!
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Lotsa bagpipes…
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Colourful skirts, those…
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I think most of the marching bands at the beginning of the parade are also participants at the Military Tattoo.
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That harp thing is so interesting…
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Red is a favoured colour with the bands.
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The Royal Jordanian Army Band (according to BBC).
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Tartan patterns and bagpipes abound.
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All I can think of is: Buckingham Palace.
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The Lady Boys of Bangkok. Seriously. There’s a huge circus-like tent set up in the Meadows for their performances, with trailers all around it…
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There were trailers (or trucks or whatever you call them) with performers on them. Basically promoting whatever shows they’re having during this Fringe Festival.
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The sky was kinda grey at one point.
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I am so glad we got there early so I had a good view of stuff. Although there were a couple of kids beside us that were kind of irritating…
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Actually, some of these “walking advertisements” were kinda boring to see… I liked the marching bands best~

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Some of the floats/trailers just made me think: Uh… what? o_O
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Giant green caterpillar! This was kinda funny.
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The caterpillar would occasionally “eat” someone and you’d hear a bunch of shrieks coming from that direction. lol
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… Well, this was familiar.
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Chinese New Year! Or not.
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There were some odd things too. Like this Falun-something-or-other that had to do with Chinese meditation. They had performers and a float too.
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For some reason, it unsettled me slightly.
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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.

Presumably this was some salsa group or salsa school, although apparently the labels on the shirts of the performers is a brand of beer. lol
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White horse!
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And yay, marching bands again!
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I liked looking at those banners. So colourful~
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More tartan/plaid patterns and bagpipes.
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First salsa, then samba.
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The samba group had a creepy doll thing too.
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Accordions!
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More bagpipes…
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And, video! I had short clips of most things in the parade and combined nearly all the clips into one video. It’s been so long since I touched a video editing software. lol.

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. :P

(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.)

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Got anything to add or say? :D