Thousands line the streets for Annual Dumfries Guid Nychburris Day Parade

All images credited to Galina Walls

Thousands lined the streets of Dumfries to enjoy Saturday’s annual Guid Nychburris Day Parade.

Event convenors and sponsors The Electric Theatre Workshop (ETW) say they were delighted by the way the community came together for the event.

Local arts organisations – The Stove, Big Burns Supper and Electric Theatre Workshop – took part in the parade for the first time.

Justin Hyslop, who led the project for ETW, said: “There were up to 10,000 on the streets and more entries than ever before, with about 500 people signed up, many of them as part of colourfully costumed walking groups.

“It was a perfect day for the event and the public loved the puppets and the costumes. We then had a community barbeque, with free food for passers-by, which was a huge success.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part or came along to watch. Traditions like this are such an important part of life in Dumfries and something we really want to support.”

ETW was invited to take on the voluntary convenor role by The Guid Nychburris Association after Jim Doig, who had held the position for nine years became unwell.

ETW staff and volunteers ran open community meetings and free workshops in performance design to help groups with their entries.

For the first time the event had a theme – Brighter Futures. This year also saw the piloting of a more streamlined and accessible set of entry categories. The categories were:

  • Floats
  • Commercial Vehicle Entries
  • Walking Groups

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