Up Helly Aa Viking Festival - Shetland, Brae
Evening, Friday, 20 March 2009
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Where: City Center, Brae, Shetland
As the last in a series of Up Helly Aa Viking Festivals, the event being held in the Shetland Islands village of Brae promises to be a social gathering to remember.
The event starts off with a procession of more than 300 costumed performers brandishing flaming torches as they wind their way through darkened streets en route to the shore. Following the burning of a galley which is pushed out to sea, performances of folk dances and traditions take place in Brae and surrounding villages.