The Riding of the Marches is a 700-year old tradition. Annan's 15-mile boundary is checked for English marauders and any invaders are ridden out. Nowadays. it's more about the procession and the party but some of the old traditions remain.
The procession of riders is followed by a carnival of floats and the children's fancy dress competition.
The procession is led by the Cornet and his Lass. Every year a new single man and single woman are chosen to represent their town. They attend events throughout the year as Annan's ambassador. There's also a Queen of the Border.