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The Kate Kennedy Procession Rides Again: 2018 Edition

It is impossible to avoid the annual Kate Kennedy Procession. Held each spring since 1926, the parade traverses the three streets of St Andrews, drawing hundreds of spectators to the pavement. Decades-old costumes, authentic carriages, and a dozen or so horses contribute to the colourful coterie of characters, played by students and locals of all ages.

This year’s procession will be held on Saturday 14 April. Per tradition, a barefoot Saint Andrew, cross hoisted upon his back, will lead the queue from St Salvator’s Chapel to St Mary’s Quad, and back again. Onlookers can expect to engage with the actors: accept kisses from the jester, sweets from the fish lady, and sonnets from drunken poet Robert Fergusson. At regular intervals, members of the Kate Kennedy Club will reenact the notoriously grisly murder of Archbishop John Shairp.

Naturally, the Lady Kate herself will be a highlight of the day. Unveiled mere minutes before the Procession begins, Kate has historically been played by the most promising first year member of the Kate Kennedy Club. Her carriage, Victoria, will be decorated with daffodils, picked that morning by the nine KK freshers.

Join the KK for their ninety second procession on Saturday 14 April.

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