EVENT – Edinburgh Mardi Gras & Grassmarket Festival, 23rd July 2011

2011 Edinburgh Mardi Gras

Free Mardi Gras event in Edinburgh

As part of the 33rd Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, the annual Mardi Gras is one of our favourite events.

On Saturday 23rd July 2011,  the Jazz Parade will leave City Chambers in the High Street at 12.30pm and marches towards the Grassmarket.

Upon arrival, live music kicks off on multiple stages for three hours of top class entertainment. This year, there’s a fantastic line up of musicians, including: Hamish McGregor’s Jazz & Co, a new band led by the top alto sax and clarinet player, playing upbeat traditional jazz. Laurie Chescoe’s Reunion Band,one of the leading London based dixie/New Orleans outfits, with a host of great players.

Lorna Reid, who is making a name for herself as one of the classiest jazz vocalists on the scene and winning over audiences all over the UK. She’ll have a Quartet. The Rosy Blue Band, a five piece blues outfit, featuring the powerful vocals of Rosie Nimmo.
From England, Royal Park Rent Party play a mix of old swing and New Orleans jazz and blues. Top Scottish harmonica man Fraser Spiers will play with Eddie Walker.

The Criterion Parade Bandwill be leading the parade and performing in the open stage area in the Grassmarket, along with a host of other parade bands.

Grassmarket Festival

In addition to the bands, there’s a host of market stalls this year, and, of course, the many restaurants, cafes and bars ready to serve you. Details are still to be confirmed, but will be added here in due course.  You can visit the Grassmarket website.

You can follow the Festival on twitter and on facebook

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