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Thousands line the streets for the Big Burns Supper Carnival Parade

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Thousands of people turned out in Dumfries last night for the Big Burns Supper Carnival Parade.

A lantern procession and floats toured the town centre, with the night ending in a firework display.

The event is now in its 5th year and organisers say it's been the best one yet:

It's all about the whole town and the surrounding area having amazing fun- this is what it's all about, lets celebrate Burns, we are the greatest place in the universe!

– Maureen Farrell Chairperson, Big Burns Supper Trust


Thousand expected at Big Burns Supper carnival

2015 Carnival Credit: Big Burns Supper

Last minute preparations are underway in Dumfries ahead of the Big Burns Supper carnival this evening.

Thousands of people are expected to turn out for the event, which features a lantern procession complete with floats and a firework display.

The parade starts from 5pm near to Burns Statue.

The Big Burns Supper festival in now in its fifth year and is thought to be the largest of its kind in the world.

Highlights this year have included a return of 'Le Haggis' and a sell-put gig by the Bay City Rollers.

Dumfries ready to rock and roll

Bay City Rollers Credit: pa

Dumfries is preparing to welcome the Bay City Rollers as part of the 2016 Big Burns Supper.

The 70s boy band pop stars, known for their tartan trousers and hits like Bye Bye Baby, Shang-A-Lang and I Only Wanna Be With You, will be on stage in the festival’s Spiegeltent this evening.

“It’s time to squeeze back into the tartan trousers and sing along with some of the catchiest songs of the seventies.

“We’re absolutely ecstatic to be welcoming the Les McKeown and the Bay City Rollers to Dumfries. It’s our festival’s fifth birthday and we thought it would be great celebrate with a bit of Rollermania.

– Graham Main, Artistic Director, Big Burns Supper

'Turnip' for the books

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


Big Burns Supper gets underway

"The carnival will be spectacular, there will be more than 4,000 people parading through the streets, there will be 2015 lanterns to help celebrate the 2015 UNESCO Year of Light, there will be six bands, six big floats, hundreds of costumes, thousands of people on the streets, it's going to be absolutely spectacular."

– Matthew Shelley, Big Burns Supper

Carnival celebrates Scotland's national bard

The Carnival celebrates Scotland's national poet. Credit: ITV Border

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.

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