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Riders saddle up for parade after absence

posted 9 Feb 2009, 04:50 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 9 Feb 2009, 04:52 ]
Riders are saddling up to launch the return of a historic parade and ceremony after a 63-year absence.

They are gathering in the Royal Mile today to promote the Riding of the Marches, which will take place on September 6.

The Lord Provost, George Grubb, was due to present the leading riders with a ceremonial banner and sashes at the Mercat Cross.

The "Captain" of the ride and his supporting riders were then due to ride up the High Street towards the Lawnmarket flying the Banner. Around 300 people will ride around the south and centre of the city on the last day of the Festival, dressed in colourful sashes.

The last time the tradition took place was in 1946 to celebrate victory in the Second World War.

Source: Edinburgh Evening News