Chester’s Winter Watch fills the city with festive cheer

Karamba Samba leading the parade through Chester

Karamba Samba leading the parade through Chester

CHESTER’S final Winter Watch parade took place on Thursday 11th December replicating one of the city’s age old traditions.

The idea for the parade came from ‘Setting the Watch’, a tradition which first came around in the 1400’s. The key’s to the city would be given to the ‘City Watch’, the name of the police at the time and represents the safety of the city over the Christmas period.

Artist Director for the parade, Russell Kirk, has modernized the festive event introducing Dragons, Demons, Angels and the City Watch men to the parade.

Stuart Parker, Councillor for Culture and Economy said : “The Winter Watch is part of Chester’s Christmas celebrations that includes the Christmas market in the Town Hall Square and Eastgate Street, Winter Wonderland at Chester Race Course and Lantern Magic at Chester Zoo.”

The event started at 7pm with the community samba band, Karamba Samba, at Chester’s Town Hall Square.

The ‘ghost band’, played by Karamba Samba, led the parade around the city centre looping around Grosvenor Square and then returned to the Town Hall.

Upon returning to the Town Hall revelers were treated to some fire breathing which concluded the parade.

Emma Knight, Art Development at West Cheshire council said, “Both parades went really well this year. The weather for the second parade wasn’t ideal but thankfully it didn’t deter anybody from turning up.”

“Credit to everybody involved everything went to plan and we can’t wait to come back bigger and better next year. “

Fire breathing to finish off the festivities. Pic : Yourwestcheshire

Fire breathing to finish off the festivities.
Pic : Yourwestcheshire

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