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  1. Pageant of Birmingham
    The Birmingham 1938 Civic Pageant was one of the largest pageants ever held in Britain, designed to eclipse civic and national rivals at Runnymede in 1934 (also directed by Gwen Lally) and Manchest...

  2. Historical Pageant of Bradford
    Tom Hulme has written about inter-war civic boosterism through pageantry, whereby cities competed to raise their profile and, often combined with industrial and trade exhibitions, sought to boost t...

  3. Dean Village Pageant
    The pageant took place alongside a fete.

  4. Mary Queen of Scots Pageant
    The pageant formed one element of a fete in aid of the Scottish League of Pity. There was news coverage in the Scotsman.

  5. Coronation Pageant
    Essentially this was a civic parade, but it had a historical element called the Pageant of Harlaw (recalling the famous battle).

  6. Aberdeen Coronation Pageant
    This was billed as a tattoo and pageant. There was also a parade and concert. The pageant had five episodes but it’s unclear what form they took (on floats? tableaux?). There was some coverage in t...

  7. The Land of My Fathers
    Land of My Fathers was a pageant-play staged as part of the Festival of Britain celebrations in 1951. It took place in the Sofia Gardens in Cardiff, the same location as the National Pageant of Wal...

  8. Leeds Tercentenary Children’s Pageant
    Happy is the country which has no history, says a celebrated epigram; but there has never been a community, big or little, which was willing to congratulate itself on this kind of felicity. The say...

  9. The Historical Pageant of Leicestershire
    The Leicester Pageant of 1932 was locally a major event, with twelve performances and a cast of 5000 performers, utilising the Edwardian pageantry tradition through one of the most successful and b...

  10. Liverpool 700th Anniversary Pageant
    In reviewing the Liverpool pageant, one contemporary news piece somewhat churlishly pointed out that Liverpool was 'a grimy city', though it also added that there might be 'romance under its grime'...

  11. The Manchester Pageant
    The Manchester Historical Pageant was the ‘chief feature’ of the citywide celebrations in 1938, following on from major pageant in 1926 and 1932. It commemorated the bestowal of a Charter of Incorp...

  12. The Historical Pageant of Northampton Nonconformity
    The Rev. William Pierce wrote this pageant in order to mark the appointment of Castle Hill’s first minister, the Rev. Blower. Castle hill was a nonconformist church that had produced and entertaine...

  13. Pageant of the History of Aberdeen
    The Northern Arts Club was founded in 1907. Its aims were to bring together 'for mutual benefit' people involved with artistic pursuits, including 'designers, apprentice architects, lithographers, ...

  14. Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Historical Pageant
    The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Historical Pageant took place in June 1935, in Wollaton Park. According to a correspondent writing in the Nottingham Guardian, the city’s effort was inspired by L...

  15. Nottingham Quincentenary Pageant
    The Nottingham Quincentenary Pageant was a key attraction of city-wide anniversary celebrations of the 1449 charter granted by King Henry VI. It took place in the Nottingham Ice Stadium, an indoor ...

  16. Halifax Piece Hall Pageant
    This pageant, held on 22 May 1976, was intended to commemorate the reopening of the Halifax Piece Hall, a large open-air cloth market built in 1779, after a major renovation. In the event, the new ...

  17. A Pageant of Hampton
    A Pageant of Hampton was the second of three large pageants in Southampton in the interwar period, following the Mayflower Pageant of 1920. Unlike that event, and the Silver Jubilee Pageant that fo...

  18. Heritage: A Pageant in Six Episodes
    The first major pageant in Leeds, the Tercentenary Pageant in 1926, had been a children’s pageant. Whether through lack of interest among the adult people or otherwise, the city held more pageants ...

  19. The Manchester Historical Pageant
    The Manchester Historical Pageant of 1926 was the first major pageant held in the city, staged as part of wider Civic Week celebrations. The pageant was performed only twice, the second time being ...

  20. Cardiff Castle Pageant
    The Cardiff Castle Pageant of 1931 was the first major pageant to be staged in the city since the great National Pageant of Wales in 1909. In contrast to that pageant, its focus was local rather th...