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Burns Supper: how to prepare

Huge tattie-bogle scarecrows are prepared. Photo: Colin Hattersley

The Big Burns Carnival begins this weekend, and ITV Border's taken a look at how Dumfries is preparing to celebrate the bard who spent his final years in the town.

Interactive puppets and floats will drift through the town. Credit: Colin Hattersley

The Carnival is the centrepiece of the Big Burns Supper, a festival that takes place over nine days.

It'll showcase some of the best artistic, musical and cultural talent in the region.

The Carnival takes place on 25 January. Credit: Colin Hattersley

“We have volunteers of all ages, schools, community groups and others. They spend months in planning and making the costumes, learning dances and getting everything to look just right.

“The lanterns will look brilliant and we will have around 2015 of them especially for the Year of Light. But really, nothing could be better than a food and drink theme for a carnival on Burns Night when people all round the world will be thinking about Scottish cooking as they tuck into haggis neeps and tatties.

– Graham Main, Big Burns Supper Artistic Director

Humza Yousaf MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Europe and International Development, will be travelling to Dumfries on Sunday to join the party.

“The crowds in Dumfries will be joined by Scots and Scots-at-heart from around the world on Sunday to celebrate one of our greatest ever sons, Robert Burns.

"Wherever you are and whoever you’re with, I hope you join in and celebrate Burns Night and his enduring legacy.”

– Humza Yousaf MSP