Pageants 77

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

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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'...

  9. 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...

  10. The Story of the West: A Pageant of the Britons, the Vikings, the Traders and the Clans
    ‘For two and a half crowded hours ghostly figures from Scottish pageantry, wild, staid, pompous, and romantic, live a brief while again as they slowly cross the stage, linger, and disappear back in...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Pageant of Dudley, 1908
    The Dudley Pageant, held at the height of ‘Pageant Fever’ in 1908, was conceived around the same time as major pageants in Dover, Bath, and Bury St Edmunds.2 However, compared to others of the time...

  13. The Pageant of Dudley, 1951
    Dudley had previously held a pageant in 1908, staged by children on the same site as the 1951 pageant. This had been a great success seen by thousands. Although a small place often eclipsed by near...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. Pageant of Sussex Saints
    Although religious pageants went back to the 1909 English Church Pageant, it was only during the interwar period that they became major features of the pageant movement. Paradoxically, this accompa...

  19. Sword of Honour
    At the start of Evelyn Waugh’s novel Unconditional Surrender (1961), there is a scene where Guy Crouchback, the disillusioned catholic and soldier who had narrowly escaped capture during the occupa...

  20. Bristol Civic Pageant
    This pageant was first mooted in February 1946 as part of the town’s celebrations of the first anniversary of VJ (Victory over Japan) Day in July. It was also a key part of Bristol’s first post-war...