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15th - 26th August 2024

Marymass is a traditional horse festival held every August in Irvine. Mixing traditional with modern, our 12 days of festivities means there is something for everyone! From horse racing to fireworks, parades, a funfair, jousting, dog show, live music and so much more. Come and join us this August!

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Upcoming Marymass 2024 Events

Marymass 2024 might seem a long way off, but planning is already well underway! We have so many great events packed in to 12 days of festivities. Our event runs from our Opening Ceremony on Thursday 17th August at 8pm Live from Irvine Townhouse, through to Monday 28th August with our annual Flower Show. Check out some of our key 2024 events below


Fourth Port Parade

Saturday 17th August 2024

Starts 11am Second Ave.

Passes Harbourside 12:15pm


Festival of Light Parade

Saturday 17th August 2024

Departs Irvine Cross at 9pm

Come take part & light up Irvine


Marymass Parade

Sat 24th August 2024

Starts 10am from Golffields Rd

Crowning 12pm at Townhouse


Live Action Jousting

Irvine Moor 

Marymass Saturday

From 2pm



Saturday 17th August 2024

Irvine Moor, 9:45pm

Food, fireworks & funfair


Dog Show

Wednesday 21st August 2024

Volunteer Rooms, Irvine

From 7pm


About Marymass

Marymass Festival is a community festival run in partnership by two voluntary organisations, Irvine Carters' Society and the Marymass Festival Committee.


Each group oversees different elements of the festival. The Carters' take care of the parades, racing, old folks concert and paddock on Irvine Moor. The Festival Committee organise the rest, including the fireworks display, festival of light parade, opening ceremony and activities on the Moor such as live jousting. 

The Festival of Marymass dates back to the Middle Ages, with Irvine Carters' Society helping to lead the celebrations since their inception back in 1753.

Changes have been made to the festival over its many hundreds of years in existence, with the biggest change seeing the introduction of an annually selected Marymass Queen and four Marys in 1928.

Other traditions have very much remained, such as the Captain of the Carters leading the parade. With the main parade retaining the core principle of allowing no motorised vehicles, it has become one of the largest horse drawn processions in Scotland.

The biggest draw about Marymass is undoubtedly the parade, racing and events on Irvine Moor on our main day, which falls on the third Saturday after the first Monday in August.

Being a community festival over 12 days, Marymass is so much more than just one main day. There are so many fantastic events throughout, including the local football derby, 10K road race, dog show, flower show, fireworks display, duck race, bowls competition, live music, comedy gigs, markets and so much more.

Keep an eye on our website over the coming months as we add more information which will include:

- The history of the festival,

- Past Captains, Queens and Marys,

- 2024 events,

- Getting here & staying here

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