A Burns Night carnival through the streets of Dumfries attracted at least 10,000 spectators and participants.
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.
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.
The Big Burns Supper Festival got underway in Dumfries last night.
The event is to celebrate Scotland's national bard, Robbie Burns, whose birthday it would be tomorrow.
It is the first time the event has run for nine days in a row.
Preparations are well underway for the Big Burns Carnival in Dumfries this weekend.
Musicians and artists are descending on the town to celebrate Scotland's national bard.
On Sunday hundreds of performers will take to the streets of Dumfries for a torchlit procession.
Final preparations are underway for more than a week of events in Dumfries to celebrate the life and work of Scotland's favourite poet.
Robert Burns spent his final years, and wrote some of his best loved songs and poems, in the town.
A torch-lit carnival through the town's streets will take place on Burns Night on Sunday.
Crowds came out in their thousands to watch the Homecoming Carnival in Dumfries last night.
These people gave ITV Border their reaction to the spectacle:
Thousand of people took to the streets of Dumfries to enjoy a Burns Night carnival.
The event was part of the Big Burns Supper festival. More than thirty community groups took part.
Enjoy a taste of the festival here:
As people get ready for their Burns Suppers, thousands are taking part in what has been called the world's biggest Burns Night celebrations in Dumfries. Jenny Longden was there.