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The Romans are coming back to invade the city

The Romans are coming back to invade the city

Chester is back under Roman control for the night on Thursday, December19 as the Roman legion  lights up the streets with a torch  lit parade.

This traditional Roman event celebrates the feast of Saturn and was a time of celebration, visits to friends, and gift-giving.

The parade takes place from 6.45pm and begins at St John Street, onto Eastgate Street, Northgate Street, Town Hall Square, St Werburgh Street, Eastgate Street, The Cross, and  Bridge Street where it will finish.

When the parade reaches Eastgate Street, torches are lit and the Emperor makes his proclamation before releasing the Lord of Misrule.

The event is organised by Roman Tours Ltd in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council.

At 5.45pm before the parade there will be lantern making at The Grosvenor Museum.

Make your own lantern and join the Deva Victrix legion in a parade around the city to celebrate this festival.

Cllr Stuart Parker, executive member for culture and economy, said: “Saturnalia was the feast in which the  Romans commemorated the dedication of the temple of the god Saturn  and was originally celebrated in Ancient Rome for one day.

“The parade is always a firm favourite with children, residents and late night shoppers who enjoy Chester stepping back in time to Roman occupation.”

Late night shopping takes place in Chester every Thursday until 8pm and there is a free park and ride service every Thursday after 2pm.

The event is part of the wider Christmas in Chester celebrations which includes the new look Christmas market, Winter Wonderland at Chester Racecourse, Lantern Magic at Chester Zoo and the Snow Queen at St Mary’s Centre.

Visit Christmas in Chester for full details.