Chester was back under Roman control on Thursday, December 19 as soldiers from Deva Vitrix legion paraded the streets with torches.

The Saturnalia parade was organised by Roman Tours Ltd in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council.

When the parade reached Eastgate  Street, torches were lit and the Emperor (played by Nicholas Fry) made a proclamation before  releasing the Lord of Misrule.

 

Prior to the parade there was a lantern-making workshop at The Grosvenor Museum.

The traditional Roman event celebrates the feast of Saturn and was originally a  time of celebration, visits to friends,  and gift-giving.

Cllr Stuart Parker, executive member for culture and economy, said:  “Saturnalia was the feast in which the  Romans commemorated the dedication of the temple of the god Saturn  and was originally celebrated in Ancient Rome for one day.

“The parade is always a firm favourite with children, residents and  late night shoppers who enjoy  Chester stepping back in time to Roman occupation.”