The spirits of chaos and disorder, the Reds and our musicians, the Red Beastie Drummers, try to disrupt the procession with their lewd and lascivious behaviour.

The Reds are the Lords and Ladies of Misrule. Beltane is our night of mischief – the World Turned Upside Down – the one night of the year where fools become kings. We represent the archetypes of the mischief makers, Pan-like figures who live for the moment without a care in the world or any inhibitions to censor them.

We have this single night each year to make merry, tempt, seduce, carry out acts of wantoness and inspire the revellers to cast aside their thoughts of the next day and abandon themselves to the excesses of the night.

Photo of Reds at a rehearsal by Ellen Duffy.

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