Winter Watch and Saturnalia Parade

Eastgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1LG

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Roman Saturnalia & Winter Watch Parades - c. Mark Carline
  • Roman Saturnalia & Winter Watch Parades - c. Mark Carline
  • Roman Saturnalia & Winter Watch Parades - c. Mark Carline
  • Roman Saturnalia & Winter Watch Parades - c. Mark Carline

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They’ll be out on parade on the streets of Chester on the evening of 12 December for the annual Saturnalia and Winter Watch revelries. It’s a three-in-one midwinter spectacle that also features a re-enactment of the Winter Watch, a ceremony dating from the 15th century when the good burghers would put the keys to the city in the safe hands of an early version of the local police force. But the party really starts when the Lord of Misrule and his ghoulish friends hit the cobbles for a riotous romp. The mischievous coterie of fire breathers, devils, skeletons, ice queens, Jack Frosts, and even bloodthirsty cooks bearing a head on a platter, dance around the city centre to the relentless beating of drums by ghost band Karamba Samba.

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Parade (12 Dec 2019)
DayTimes
Thursday19:00 - 20:00

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