Iconic Edinburgh Taxi Outing brings splash of colour to city streets

The annual Edinburgh Taxi Outing was in full swing on Tuesday morning - with generous cabbies filling the streets with colour as they drove through city streets.

Cabs decorated with colourful balloons carried smiling youngsters through town. Some designs included Disney's Frozen, a dragon and a few Euro 24 football-related designs.

The Edinburgh Taxi Outing celebrated its 76th year which sees children with additional needs, life-limiting conditions and terminal illnesses go on a day out, funded and organised by taxi drivers.

The procession assembled at Edinburgh Zoo's car park where the Lord Provost of Edinburgh judging and presented prizes for best float taxi, best balloon taxi, best fancy-dressed driver and best fancy-dressed child.

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The taxis were joined by police escorts as they drove along, all honking their horns. As is tradition, passengers and drivers were also armed with water pistols or water balloons, soaking spectators along the way.

At Coates Place, thrilled locals had their own buckets of water balloons to throw at the taxis. Once the convoy of taxis had passed, the bystanders then had a water fight among themselves.

The taxis travel from Edinburgh Zoo, along Roseburn and Haymarket through to Princes Street. The convoy was then due to travel along the Royal Mile before heading for the coast and Musselburgh for ice cream at Luca's.

The convoy ends at Archerfield Walled Garden for a fun-filled afternoon before heading home.

Earlier this year, Edinburgh Live reported the council had quoted the cabbies around £1,500 to have the planters blocking traffic on the High Street temporarily moved.

Following calls for any fees for the long-running event to be waived, officials announced a U-turn, saying there would be no charge and the issue was "resolved."

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