Timings and routes have been confirmed for a Chester tradition dating back to the 1400s. Chester’s Winter Watch parade has moved dates this year due to a controversial clash with the Coca Cola truck. Part of Chester’s Christmas festivities the parade lights up the city in spectacular fashion.
When is it?
The annual Winter Watch Parades return on Thursday December 10 and December 17.
Today’s version brings back the City Watch Men who are joined by a cast of angels, devils, fire skeletons, dragons and cooks with their Victorian Christmas dinner.
What time does it start and where?
The fun parades start from Chester Town Hall Square at 7pm led by Karamba Samba as the ‘ghost band’ takes over the city streets with fire-breathers, sword fights and music.
Where does the parade go?
The parade passes through the Christmas Market, past Chester Cathedral on St Werburgh Street, turns right into Eastgate Street, Bridge Street, then returns to the Cross and back to the Town Hall Square via Northgate Street.
What do the council say?
Cabinet member for culture, leisure and wellbeing councillor Louise Gittins said: “The Winter Watch parade is an important event in Chester’s Christmas calendar. It’s great to see people from Chester and across the borough joining in the parade every year and building a wonderful community event.
“This year the second Winter Watch Parade will join forces with the Roman Saturnalia Parade.”
What did it look like last year?
Why is there a watch parade?
The city leaders marched through the city to ensure it was secure before handing over the keys of Chester to the City Watch - the early police force.
This was followed by a banquet and celebration of Christmas, knowing the city was safe.
Who are the Saturnalia group?
The torch lit Saturnalia sees Chester Roman Tours bringing their gift of light and unleashing the Lord of Misrule on Thursday, December 17.
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