31 December 2013
Hogmanay Torchlight Procession
Last night I partook in Edinburgh's Hogmanay Torchlight Procession, for which upwards of 35,000 people joined in, buying torches to benefit charity. Headed up by a number of pipe bands from around Scotland (bagpipes and drums) and a Jarl Squad (Vikings!) who traveled down from Shetland, the procession wound from George IV Bridge and down Princes Street. The ultimate goal was Calton Hill, where the Acropolis was lit in bright blue and two spotlights crossed in the air to form a Saltire. For some pretty amazing professional photos of the event last night, check this out!
The procession lasted a little over an hour, and once we reached the foot of Calton Hill, there was some entertainment from PyroCeltica who performed routines with fire. There was also a food truck serving burgers, so I grabbed a venison burger for dinner and awaited the Son et Lumiere, or light show finale. The fireworks were timed to Adele's 'Set Fire to the Rain.' I decided to stay down just off of Calton Hill in order to avoid the massive crowds (and get out of there more quickly), but it was a really lovely little display. A preview of the fireworks yet to come tonight!
Happy Hogmanay, everybody! HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE! Any big New Years Eve plans for you?