Edinburgh Canal Festival

and

7th Annual Raft Race

Union Canal  -  Fountainbridge

Saturday 6 July, 2013

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Looking down from Leamington Lift Bridge

on the crowds at the Edinburgh Canal Festival on a fine summer afternoon

Edinburgh Canal Festival, 2013  -  Looking down from Leamington Bridge on the crowds at the festival on a fine summer afternoon

  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                                                                               Photograph taken: July 6, 2013

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Raft Race

Four girls in pink  -  Which crew is this?

Edinburgh Canal Festival, 2013  -  4 girls dressed in pink.  Which crew was this?

  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                                                                               Photograph taken: July 6, 2013

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Raft Race

Four girls in pink  -  Which crew is this?

Edinburgh Canal Festival, 2013  -  4 girls dressed in pink.  Which crew was this?

  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                                                                               Photograph taken: July 6, 2013

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Raft Race

Passing one of the barges moored beside the canal

Edinburgh Canal Festival, 2013  -  Passing a barge moored at the side of the canal

  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                                                                               Photograph taken: July 6, 2013

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Canoes and a Barge

at Edinburgh Quay canal basin

Edinburgh Canal Festival, 2013  -  Canoes in the canal basin at Edinburgh Quay

  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                                                                              Photograph taken: July 6, 2013

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Canoes and a Barge

at Edinburgh Quay canal basin

Edinburgh Canal Festival, 2013  -  Canoes in the canal basin at Edinburgh Quay

  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                                                                               Photograph taken: July 6, 2013

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Canal Scene

Mural beside the canal  -  created by Dalry Primary School

Edinburgh Canal Festival, 2013  -  A mural from one of the local schools, on display beside the canal

  Mural:  Dalry Primary School            Photograph:  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                            Photograph taken: July 6, 2013

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Canal Scene

Mural beside the canal  -  created by Longstone Primary School

Edinburgh Canal Festival, 2013  -  A mural from one of the local schools, on display beside the canal

  Mural:  Longstone Primary School            Photograph:  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                    Photograph taken: July 6, 2013

 

 

The Festival

2013

The Afternoon's Entertainment

The 2013 Edinburgh Canal Festival was held on a warm summer afternoon, far better than the 2012 Festival held in cold wet weather, at which I took no photos. This  quite a contrast to the cold wet weather for the 2012.

The 2013 Festival included:

-  Stage entertainment

-  Little Love and the Friendly Vibes

-  Spells Tower

-  The Ringos

-  Matthew T Hicks

-  Lara's Belly Dancers

-  Wounded Knee

-  The Gnorms

-  Raft Race  -  Heats and Final

-  Canoe Display

-  Canoe Polo

-  Free Boat Trips

-  International Rescue Display

-  Model Boats Exhibition

-  Art Exhibition

-  Bike Obstacle Course

-  Bouncy Castle

-  Stalls for local groups

-  Grove Community Garden Tour

-  Murals, including Canal Scenes - from local schools

-  Information Panels - telling the history of the canal and industry in Fountainbridge

The Rafts

In previous years, there have been some very creative designs of barge., such as the one below.  These barges may not have stood much chance of winning the race, but they made a good spectacle.

Wedding Car
Raft Race 2009

   Raft Race on the Union Canal - June 27, 2009

Some of the barges in 2013 covered the course quickly,  but I did not notice any very spectacular designs this year.

Are there any prizes for 'Style', as well as for 'First past the Post'?  If not, perhaps that's something that the festival organisers might like to consider for future festivals.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  July 14, 2013

 

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    Edinburgh Canal Festival, 2013  -  Looking down from Leamington Bridge on the crowds at the festival on a fine summer afternoon 

 

 

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