The Marymass Parade is the main event throughout the 12-day long festivities. The parade kicks off at 10am and heads through the town centre and around the Royal Burgh of Irvine before heading back to the town centre for 11:45am.
Thereafter, the Marymass Queen is crowned outside the Townhouse and the parade departs the town centre once more at 12:30pm, heading through the High Street and onwards to Irvine Moor for an afternoon of incredible entertainment and festivities.
A map of the parade route for 2019 has been added to the bottom of this page.
The Parade itself is one of the largest horse-drawn processions in the world. No motorised vehicles are permitted, making this an incredible and rare spectacle.
Many of the horses, carts and participants are dressed up and decorated, making the parade unique, bright colourful each year. Line the streets of the parade route and catch the sights and sounds and give the Captain, Queen and Marys a wave as they pass!
If you’re an early riser, head over to Golffields Road from 8:30am as the horses arrive at the starting point and prepare for the day ahead.
Judging of the horses takes place around 9am with a range of prize categories and visitors can get in and amongst the horses before they set off for the day.
The highest attendance is for the 12:30 trip between Irvine Cross and Irvine Moor. Tens of thousands of residents and visitors line Irvine Cross, High Street, Eglinton Street and Kilwinning Road as the parade heads out to the afternoon resting spot.
Arriving at 1pm, Irvine Moor is jam packed with activities including a massive funfair, beer tent, food village, greasy pole competition, stalls, music, entertainment, games and so much more.
We also can’t miss out the horse racing! Irvine was once home to the Scottish Grand National, with part of the old course used once a year for Marymass horse racing. There is a wide range of races including many of the participants of the parade, ponies included!
A smaller parade finishes the day off by leaving Irvine Moor at 5pm and finishes the day off at Irvine Town Centre around 5:30pm.
The Marymass Parade takes place on Saturday 24th August 2019. Below we have the parade route map and estimates of times to help you plan your day. Please note all times are subject to change.
10:00 – Parade departs Broomlands Road
10:05 – Parade halts at Townhead to collect the Captain of The Carters Society
10:15 – Passes Irvine Cross and heads out towards the Royal Burgh markers
10:25 – Bank Street > Thornhouse Avenue > Clark Drive > McKinnon Terrace
10:45 – Stewart Drive > Caldon Road > Quarry Road
11:20 – Eglinton Street > High Street > Bank Street > East Road > Townhead
11:45 – Parade halts at Townhead for Crowning Ceremony held at Irvine Townhouse/Cross
12:30 – Irvine Cross > High Street > Eglinton Street > Burns Street > Kilwinning Road
13:00 – Parade Terminates at Irvine Moor
16:50 – Parade Reassembles at Irvine Moor
17:00 – Irvine Moor > Kilwinning Road > Castle Street > Seagate Castle > High St > Irvine Cross