Hundreds of school pupils joined in colourful public celebrations of Pope Benedict’s state visit today by taking part in the St Ninian’s Day parade. The parade celebrated the first man to be named a saint in Scotland in nearly 1,600 years. Children were invited from the 14 schools across the country named after the saint, including Catholic, Episcopalian and non-denominational schools. The parade was headed by hundreds of pipers and dozens of people dressed as historical characters as it made its way along the route through the capital.

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