Big Day Out

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To mark the official opening of the 5th session of the Scottish Parliament, a series of events took place at Holyrood on Saturday 2 July 2016. These included:

  • Her Majesty The Queen addressed MSPs in the Chamber during the Opening Ceremony.
  • Around 2000 people took part in a colourful, historic 'Riding' procession down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, including Local Heroes nominated by their MSPs in recognition of the important work they do to help others or their community.
  • Holyrood’s ‘Big Day Out’ - a fun-packed afternoon for all the family.  The gardens and doors of the Scottish Parliament were opened to everyone to explore.  

Watch video from the Opening Ceremony, including:

  • The Presiding Officer addresses the Chamber
  • The Queen’s speech to MSPs
  • Scottish Youth Theatre perform a 'flashmob' Open the Doors!
  • Poet Jackie Kay recites her first commission as Scots Makar
  • The First Minister addresses the Chamber
  • Midge Ure performs "A Man’s a Man for A’ That"



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