... Parade through the darkened streets of the Roman city of Deva, or as it is known today Chester, past the guard of the emperor to celebrate Saturnalia, the feast at which the Romans commemorated the dedication of the temple of the god Saturn. Saturnalia was originally celebrated in Ancient Rome for only a day on 17 December but it was so popular it extended to a week, from the 17 to 23 December, despite Augustus' efforts to reduce it to three days, and Caligula's, to five.
The poet Catullus describes Saturnalia as the best of days. It was a time of celebration, visits to friends, and gift-giving, particularly of wax candles (cerei), and earthenware figurines (sigillaria). The Emperor declared the start of the feast and set free the Lord of Misrule.
Then the dancers would perform for the crowds.
The Roman Saturnalia Parade is performed in December as part of modern day Chester's Christmas celebrations.
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