For many the Pitlochry Highland Games starts with the parade of pipe bands down Atholl Road to the Recreation Ground - even although the local events are already well under way.
The parade is led by Robert Wiseman Vale of Atholl pipe band. Here you can see the Grade 1 band with the Grade 3 and Novice Juvenile bands all playing together and led by three Drum Majors in full traditional regalia. Vale of Atholl pipe band is one of the local bands here, and it performs regularly during the summer in Pitlochry on Monday evenings. It is followed by Perth and District Pipe Band.
All bands in the parade are judged on marching and smartness of turnout - with valuable prizes for the winners. This year's top prize was awarded to Beauly Firth & Glens. Second and third prizes went to Lomond and Clyde and Central Scotland Police respectively.
This video manages to include all the bands talking part in the 2009 parade.
Chapter markers for the individual bands are (and please help me fill in the blanks and correct any errors):
0:00 Vale of Atholl
1:03 Perth and District
1:33 Inverkeithing High School
2:01 North Lanarkshire Schools
2:17 MacKenzie Caledonian
2:49 City of Brechin
3:28 Northern Constabulary Community
3:48 Wallacestone and District
4:07 Fraserburgh RBL
4:29 Alyth and District
4:52 Stromness RBL
5:26 College of Piping Training and Development
5:36 Denny and Dunipace
6:02 Badenoch and Strathspey
6:23 Beauly Firth & Glens
7:06 Pitlochry and Blair Atholl
7:27 Lomond and Clyde
7:59 Central Scotland Police