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Edinburgh Riding of the Marches

Get caught up in the excitement of the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches on Sunday 15th September and enjoy an age old tradition that dates back to 1579.

The Edinburgh Riding of the Marches commemorates the tradition of inspecting the city’s boundaries and re-enacts the Captain of the Trained Band's return to the city with news of defeat at the Battle of Flodden in 1513. After the Union of Parliaments in 1707 the annual inspection ceased until 1946 when a ride was held to celebrate peace after the Second World War.  It returned in 2009 and since then has become a popular family event in Edinburgh, as well as attracting hundreds of riders each year.

Riding of the Marches 2019

Over 200 horses will traverse the ancient Royal Mile to the Mercat Cross, accompanied by several pipe bands and led by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, his City Officers, The Deacon Convenor of the Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh, Trades Officer, The Old Master and Lord Dean of Guild of the Merchants Company of Edinburgh and representatives carrying their Edinburgh Trades Banners and representatives from the Edinburgh Exiles Association, all carrying their associated banners and flags in what has proven to be a fantastic spectacle, with resonating historical and cultural significance. 

The event is free to spectate and each year the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches attracts thousands of eager spectators throughout the city, so come along with your friends and family from midday onwards, to enjoy the entertainment and commemorate this fantastic historic Edinburgh event.  

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