The Fringe Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade 2009 hit parade sees performers from all the Edinburgh Festivals parade through the city in an annual free to view city parade procession at the beginning of August. Performers include acts from the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh along with marching bands from community groups and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The parade begins with over a hundred motorbikes from the Harley Davidson Group followed by the cast of the Edinburgh Tattoo and then participants and community groups such as dragon chinese sights from the the City and beyond around the globe which totals in three thousand people taking part as particpants.
The Parade parades festivals usually takes place on the first Sunday of the month, but in 2009 was scheduled for Sunday 9 August. There was a question mark over whether the event will go ahead in 2009 as the Edinburgh Tram Project workers were laying tracks on Princes Street - a main part of the route - from February to November. However, the event relocated to Holyrood Park which worked better for viewing points and space to enjoy picnics and other games with families while performers parade the day.
Holyrood Park Route:
The new Edinburgh Festivals parade route begins at Holyrood Park Road where it makes it's way to the Meadowbank entrance; first leaving by the entrance to the Commonwealth Pool then East along Queen's Drive past Our Dynamic Earth then onto the Scottish Parliament and then the Palace of Holyrood finally finishing at the Meadowbank Car Park. If your visiting then you can also arrive at the event from the Holyrood Gate, The Cavalcade first took place in 1976. Over 175,000 spectators typically crowd into the streets for the event. Cars are usually prevented from entering the cavalcade route but drivers with disabled passengers can get themselves a badge to park there car. Edinburgh has one of the finest bus services anywhere in the UK and allows easy access to the event location on foot.
The United Kingdom performers taking part in this year's cavalcade are Tempo Musical Productions Theatre in Edinburgh, Forth Children's Theatre Edinburgh, Edinburgh Peoples' Theatre as well as the Lady Boys of Bangkok Theatre Shows. These are accompanied by pupils and staff from Balbardie Primary School, Bo'ness Children's Fair Festival, and the Yard Adventure Centre. There is a special treat in the form of the band consisting of sixty musicians from Norway forming the Bryn Skoles Muiskkcorps not to mention the South Queensferry Accordian Band.
There were two horses representing the British Edinburgh March Riding Association and the cast of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo which included the Massed Pipes and Drums consisting of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Pipes and Drums, The 1st Royal Tank Regiment, the Royal Highland Fusiliers 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland, the Highlanders 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, the Royal Air Force, Australian Federal Police, the Auckland Police and the Cape Town Highlanders.
Oversea performers at the Tattoo this year included the Tongan Royal Corps of Musicians Parades Band, the She Huo Cultural Act from Xi'an with their Chinese Dragons, the Top Secret Drum Corps from Basil, Switzerland and the Swiss Army Central Band.
Closer to home, acts include the RAF Medical Rescue Team, a special 250th Robert Burns Anniversary Tribute by the Calgary Burns Singers and performers from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Massed Military Bands made up of the Royal Regimental Band of Scotland, the Royal Air Force Central Band, RAF College Band and RAF Salon Orchestra not forgetting the brilliant sight and sound of the Massed Highland Dancers made up from the Tattoo Highland Dancers and the Oscot Highland Dancers.