Crowds gathered on Union Street at the weekend to watch the historic Torcher Parade.
The 128th procession of the much-loved event saw 20 floats make their way down the city’s most famous street on Saturday evening.
And despite a nip in the air, people young and old gathered on the pavements the full length of Union Street to take in the spectacle.
The Torcher Parade, organised by Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA), sees students, many in elaborate costumes and outfits, dancing, waving, and playing music atop decorated flat-bed lorries as they slowly make their way along the thoroughfare, while others march in front with torches.
Cash raised will be distributed to charities and good causes in the area.
The parade made a return to the city in 2017 after being cancelled the previous year.
It is one of the largest student torch-lit parades in Europe and one of the oldest student events in the Granite City. A spokeswoman for AUSA said: “A lot of people came along to watch the parade on Union Street.
“It was great to see the public supporting the float participants and donating to local charities.
“Societies and groups put a lot of thought and effort into building their floats and entertaining the public during the parade.
“It’s great to see the teams come together and get involved.
“We are very grateful for their input in this year’s Torcher Parade.
“We’re proud to be able to continue the history of the Torcher Parade.
“A huge amount of effort went into planning and organising the parade and we are glad that so many people came along to support it.”
And the colourful parade went down well with the crowds who lined Union Street.
Melissa McKay, 33, came out to watch with her son Mason, 2, daughter Sienna, 3, and family.
She said: “The trucks were amazing, but I think more students need to participate in it and more floats.”
Michelle McKay, 48, added: “The kids enjoyed the trucks.
“They were all waving and the students were all waving.
“The kids liked the uniforms and the drums.”
Elizabeth Wiseman, 68, went to see the parade with her friend’s great granddaughter Lara Myres, 6.
She said: “It was very good. I’ve never been before.
“It was decorative and the students on board seemed to be enjoying themselves.
“I think the last float with the drums was best, and Lara liked the Wizard of Oz.
“We’ll be back next year.”
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Onlooker Sally Sheehan, 50, said: “It was really good.
“I’ve gone to it since I was at school.
“They’re very enthusiastic.
“I remember when the students used to come round all the schools and everybody would take in their ha’pennies.
“You would hear them coming with their tins rattling.”
Angus Henderson, 4, enjoyed the event with his grandmother Carol, but didn’t manage to get rid of all the change he’d brought.
He said: “I liked it but I’ve still got pennies.”
Carol, 61, said: “I brought the grandkids down to see the parade. Some of the floats were really quite good.”