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Up Helly Aa Vikings get stoked for fire festival in Edinburgh

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Up Helly Aa vikings from Lerwick in the Shetland Islands stand with flaming torches during the annual torchlight procession to mark the start of Hogmanay (New Year) celebrations in Edinburgh Dec. 30, 2011. The annual torchlight procession starts at the Parliament Square and finishes with a fireworks display at Calton Hill in Edinburgh.

This appears to be a dress rehearsal for the Up Helly Aa festival, which happens on Tuesday,  January 31, 2012 in Lerwick in the Shetland Islands.

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