Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Up Helly Aa 2017

I've just finished watching Lerwick, Shetland's Up Helly Aa procession online and it was amazing.  I would have loved to have been there in person.  Here are a few pictures captured from the screen. You can click on any picture to enlarge it.

For those of us who couldn't be in Shetland, it was great that it was streamed live online.

The marchers are gathering, preparing for the procession.

The procession.  There are around 1000 marchers, almost 900 of them are carrying torches.

The torches are thrown onto the Viking galley.

The galley is burning.  A new one will be made for next year.

The parade ends when the ship's mast is down.

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