The ritual is to represent the heritage of Dumfries as a trading town, this is where the cattle used to cross the River Nith to reach The White Sands. Also, this is where the fresh water turns to salt water at the change of the tide. It has become a one of the main hooks of the event, as it is a unique ritual and attracts a lot of attention and engagement from the community and festival visitors. Every year the ritual and procession are completely different, with a variety of artists creating the journey of the Coo. We have had clowns battling Vikings, sacred shapes and dancing jackals, you never know what to expect with our Salty Coo.
The Salty Coo
Ode to the Salty Coo
Poet Stuart Patterson has written a poem for you to join in with as the Coo gets lowered into the River Nith!