The Riding Parade 2016 - Edinburgh's Royal Mile

6 lucky members of Falkirk Youth Theatre (FYT) joined Community groups, MSPs, musicians and entertainers to be among more than 2,000 who took part in a colourful, historic ‘Riding’ procession down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. 

The 21st century version of the historic Riding – which first took place in the 17th century - marked the Opening of the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament on Saturday 2nd July.

The Riding was themed on Edwin Morgan’s poem, Open the Doors! And FYT were asked to design a banner that they would carry in the procession featuring a phrase from the work, which was specially commissioned by the Scottish Parliament for its 2004 opening.

Working with local artist, Dawn Wright, the 6 girls looked at the poem and its meaning and researched local artists, landmarks and history to create their design. They used fabric, paints and textiles to create a stunning banner featuring Callendar House, The Kelpies, The Pineapple, The Falkirk Wheel and influenced by Alan Davie.

The girls proudly marched their banner down the Royal Mile and were thrilled when the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon came down from her podium especially to have her photo taken with them.  Following the parade the group explored the Scottish Parliament buildings, taking part in bhangra dance workshops, visiting the debating chamber and even getting a shot in Nicola Sturgeon’s seat!

Arts Officer Performing Arts Hazel Beattie who accompanied the group along with Dawn Wright said “The group had a wonderful and memorable day.  I was extremely proud of the work they put in and the artwork they created. They have proved themselves not just talented and dedicated performers but creative and responsible individuals that Falkirk should be extremely proud of”.

Published on Monday, 4th July 2016

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