We were about to leave Edinburgh for home, and were having difficulty calling up a taxi to take us to the bus station. So we left the apartment prepared to walk all the way to our destination in City Center dragging our luggage. We found a crowd in green gathering on Leith Walk, on the route we needed to take to our destination. Without realizing it, we had stumbled on to the victory parade for the Hibernian Football Club from Edinburgh who had just won the Scottish Cup final. The last time they had won was in 1902. This was the reason for a parade, and much jubilation in the streets. We had to pause our travels and take shelter beside the local bus stop as the crowds streamed passed us following the players who were on a bus.
As a postscript, the team’s victory the previous day had been marred by an ugly scene at the end of the game where some of the team’s supporters stormed the field after their victory. Some players in the opposing team were beaten up. The situation got out of control very quickly, with the danger of people getting seriously hurt, and the post-game ceremonies had to be cancelled. Things were brought back under control and some of the troublemakers (yobs as they are called in those parts) were rounded up.