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Visit Edinburgh at right time and you're sure to find a festival

EDINBURGH, Scotland _ In the space of a few blocks, I encountered Napoleon Bonaparte, Darth Vader and the Invisible Man, glasses bobbing up and down in what appeared to be thin air.tmpplchld There was a colorfully garbed Korean dance troupe, a woman carrying a kitchen sink, and "Queen Elizabeth," crown atop her head, giving all passers-by her queenly wave.tmpplchld But my favorite had to be the dancing hot dog, handing out bottles of ketchup and mustard to giggling children and encouraging them to fire away.tmpplchld I was on the Royal Mile, which links Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace, the official home of the British monarch in Edinburgh. These performance artists were all...