Procession around Calton Hill
event of the Festival is a procession with torchbearers around Calton
Hill. The procession lasts from about 10pm until midnight, starting
at the National Monument on Calton Hill, then moving anti-clockwise around
the hill. Spectators follow the procession as it progresses around
300 volunteer performers who provide their own costumes. These include:
- The May Queen, who awakens the
elements, earth air, fire and water.
- The Blue Men, druidic spirit
- The Red Men, spirits from the underworld,
symbolising chaos, mischief and lust.
- The White Warrior Women,
representing, truth, law and order.
- The Horned God, who becomes The
Green Man, representing the first new growth of summer.
festival was first held in Edinburgh in the 1980s and is now an annual
event. It takes place on the last day of April each year.
year, the performers include Fenfire, a group from Austria.
12,000 tickets for the event were sold out shortly after the start of the
event at 9pm. Despite a forecast of showers during the evening, it
remained dry until about 11.45pm.
Source of information:
1. Edinburgh Evening News,
April 29, 2006: p.11
2. Article by John Ritchie,
3. My attendance at the festival,
April 30, 2006