Beltane 2023 – Coronation & Grand Procession

Saturday is the highlight of the week for all those involved in the Peebles Beltane Festival Week. This is the ‘big day’ for the Beltane Queen, but most of all this is the ‘big day’ for the hundreds of school children who have been given costumes to wear with pride when they march down the High Street; stand on the Church steps, watch while the Beltane Queen is being crowned, and then show their enjoyment by waving and cheering from decorated lorries as they parade through the town.

The Peebles Burgh Silver Band is the town band – it leads the grand procession and plays whilst the Queen is being crowned.

The town’s Primary School children in costume, heading for the Queen’s Coronation

Once all the children are assembled on the church steps at the end of the High Street the assembled audience await the arrivale of the Beltane Queen and her court.

The audience, school children, and band await the arrival of the Queen

Led by the Cornet and Cornet’s Lass who are on horseback, the Beltane Queen arrives by carriage for her coronation.

The Beltane Queen arrives for her Coronation

Once crowned, all the children move to a series of floats for the Grand Procession.

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