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Edinburgh Festival Carnival 2023 SUNDAY 16 JULY 2023

On Sunday 16 July 2023, Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens was transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour, sound, and movement, as the Carnival brought together local and international artists for an awe-inspiring display of costumes, dance, music - the perfect FREE day out for all ages. Over 800 performers took to Edinburgh’s City centre with a celebration of music, dance, costumes, puppets, circus and acrobatics. Check out the programme below and keep your eyes on the website for updates on the 2024 Carnival.

Edinburgh Festival Carnival 2023

Experience the 2023 Edinburgh Festival Carnival and go behind the scenes with the team who made it happen! 

Carnival Map

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1pm: Edinburgh Festival Carnival Parade

Carnival Participants

Over 800 performers took to Edinburgh’s City centre with a celebration of music, dance, costumes, puppets, circus and acrobatics. This year’s parade included:

Pulse of The Place (Edinburgh), Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre (Edinburgh), KalentuRa drums (The Netherlands), Wester Hailes Carnival Group (Edinburgh), Valley Neighbourhood Youth (Edinburgh), Nepal Community (Edinburgh), TESS School of Samba (Edinburgh), Burnt Island and District Pipe Band (Fife), Phelan School of Dance (Edinburgh), ‘ZarifAtToul-AsSamer’ Palestinian Dabke Troupe (Edinburgh), Bombrando (Portugal), Edinburgh Arts Collective, Edinburgh Chinese Community, Edinburgh Indian Community, Brazil Drum Groups, Latin American Community Association of Edinburgh and Ihayami Dance Company (Edinburgh).


2.40pm: Drumming, dancing and more in West Princes Street Gardens

Samba Explosion

The festivities continued with performances at Ross Bandstand and throughout Princes Street Gardens. At 2.40pm, we kicked off the entertainment with dancers and dragons from the Edinburgh Chinese Community, followed by our Samba Xplosion and a set of music from Latina Turners. Hosted by actor, writer and comedian, Sanjay Largo, our Ross Bandstand programme culminated in 'Windrush 75' - a celebration of Caribbean music.

There were also three zones featuring performances from drummers, dancers and Chinese artists located throughout the gardens. 

Carribean Music Festival: Windrush 75


We closed our Carnival celebration with a very special project created in partnership with The Caribbean Music Festival. Taking place at the Ross Bandstand'Windrush 75’ was a musical showcase that celebrated, recognised, and honoured the contributions of the Windrush generation and their descendants. From Ska to Reggae, Calypso to Soca, artists recreated the songs from generations of Caribbean and Black British artists, highlighting the rich cultural heritage and contributions of the Windrush generation to UK culture, whilst celebrating of the creativity and resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.


July Events

We had two other events taking place in the lead up to Carnival:

Goodtrees Mini Carnival, Friday 7 July 2023, 11:30am-3pm | Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre

Wester Hailes Community Carnival, Saturday 8 July 2023, 2-5pm | The Community Wellbeing Space, Wester Hailes