In the weeks before Christmas, on a cold Thusrday Evening, the Chester Winter Watch parades around the town centre. Legend has it that the Winter Watch Parade dates from the 1400’s . The City leaders would hand over the keys to the City to the City Watch (or forerunner of the police force) after processing around the City to ensure it was secure. There followed a banquet and celebration of Christmas, knowing the City was safe.
In 1990's the tradition was resurrected, without the feast, and has turned into a grand pre-Christmas thrash with drums, dancers, the Lords of Misrule, giants of all varieties, to name but a few of the participants.
So, setting off around the streets lead by the Karamba Samba band beating out a hypnotic rythm, the parade stops at a number of locations to permit one performance or another and ends with a fine display of fire eating in front of the Town Hall.
Difficult to photograph in the low light with lots of movement but definitely a date for next year to try and do better.
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