Fancy a Sunday saunter along Princes Street? It’s that time of year again for the Festivals’ Cavalcade. Until recently it was named after the Evening News, but now it’s taking the name of a national daily!
The content of the entertainment will remain much the same, with massed bands, Fringe acts and (for the third year) a mass of exuberant cyclists on interesting bikes, customised and costumised.
Once again Maggie Wynn is organising the cyclists for TryCycling in Edinburgh. “It’s a great chance to cycle along Princes Street with 185,000 people watching, and show what fun bikes and cycling can be.”
One regular participants, Andy Brown, is coming with a group from Dumfries. He is also bringing Ross Berry the resident blacksmith at Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill. A previous blacksmith there was Kirkpatrick Macmillan, generally regarded as the inventor of the first bicycle. (The Castle has a small bicycle museum, hire shop and trails). Ross has created some interesting bikes which will be ridden in the cavalcade.
Maggie hopes there will be 100 riders this year. “If you have a bike that’s a bit different or know of some children keen to ride their bikes or sit in a tag-a-long, please let me know. We want to show that cycling is fun and suits all ages and abilities. If you are prepared to dress your bike up a little – or yourself- all the better- but that’s not essential. We don’t want to give the impression you have to be daft to cycle!”