Big Burns Supper Festival

The Big Burns Supper Festival got underway in Dumfries last night.

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A Burns Night carnival through the streets of Dumfries attracted at least 10,000 spectators and participants.

At least 10,000 spectators attended the festival Credit: Colin Hattersley Photography

The parade was lit by at least 3,000 lanterns and spectators lined the streets and the centre of the town where Burns lived.

The procession, which included 6 large main floats, and 432 specially made costumes from 20 community artists, impressed Government Minister Humza Yousaf.

"I came to Dumfries with high expectations, but I was absolutely blown away by this carnival.

"The creativity of the people of Dumfries is absolutely incredible."

– MSP Humza Yousaf Minister for Europe and International Development
The procession included 432 specially made costumes Credit: Colin Hattersley Photography

The carnival started at 5pm and was led by a huge lantern made in conjunction with Barnado's Scotland, the Big Burns Supper's partner charity.

Organisers were pleased with the event.

"Tonight was just astonishing - I think Rabbie Burns would have been astounded to see so many people turning out for such a huge celebration of his work, his spirit and of Scottish culture"

– Graham Main, Big Burns Supper Artistic Director
Some of the stars of the procession Credit: Colin Hattersley Photography

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