Countdown underway for Chester Winter Watch Parades on 10 and 17 December

1 December 2015

Chester’s annual Winter Watch Parades return on Thursday 10 December and 17 December.
‘Setting the Watch’ was a tradition dating from the 1400’s. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Said Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Culture Leisure and Wellbeing: “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.”  The torch lit Saturnalia sees Chester Roman Tours bringing their gift of light and unleashing the Lord of Misrule on Thursday 17 December.
Details of the Christmas events are available online at
Winter Watch - Fire Breathing
Winter Watch - Fire Breathing 

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