Edinburgh Jazz Festival

Crowds Descend on Grassmarket For Jazz Fest Mardi Gras

Submitted by edg on Sat, 23 Jul '11 11.37pm

The crowds were out for the Edinburgh Jazz Festival Mardi Gras in the Grassmarket today. After weeks of overcast, wet weather, and the recent deluge that, in Morningside, saw flash floods washing cars down the road and pedestrians wading waist-deep up the street, the festival organisers must have breathed a collective sigh of relief that the event was not another wash-out.

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