Kids from The Racks at Ascot - Guid Nychburris Parade DumfriesGuid Nychburris or Good Neighbours is the main festival of the year in Dumfries. The week long festivities culminate this year with a whole day of events on Saturday 19th June.

Guid Nychburris or Good Neighbours website

Many people have their own favourite event or part of the day, however, one of the most spectacular must be the sight of 250 to 300 horses gathering at the Midsteeple in the centre of town at 07.30 in the morning. Following a route and sequence laid down in the mists of time they proceed to “Ride the Marches” and Stob and Nog (Mark the Burgh’s boundaries with flags and posts) before returning to the Midsteeple at 12.15 to meet the Provost of Dumfries and read the “Towns Charter”.

From 10am to 5pm there are various displays and street shows to entertain everyone and at 11.30am the Charter and Crowning Ceremony for the 2010 “Queen of the South” will begin.

At 3pm there will be a children’s fancy dress parade in the “Friars Vennel” and then the townsfolk and visitors will be eagerly awaiting the “Big Parade” which sets off along the Whitesands between 6.30pm and 6.45pm.

The Grand Finale and not to be missed is the massed Pipe Bands as they “Beat Retreat” to mark the end of the “Guid Week”. This will take place on the Whitesands at approx 7.30pm. If you are in or around Dumfries – Don’t miss it!!!!!