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Carnival Processions in Birkenhead
Carnival Processions in Birkenhead

Carnival Processions in Birkenhead 1902

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Carnival Processions in Birkenhead 1902

3 mins United Kingdom

These extraordinary pictures give a real sense of the magnificent scale and splendour of an Edwardian street carnival. In this procession, snaking around Birkenhead's Hamilton Square from the Town Hall to Price Street, thousands of revellers exhibit their grandest, most ingenious, or most outrageous outfits to raise cash for the town's local hospitals.

The film was shown at the nearby Argyle Theatre of Varieties, at the time one of the UK's premier music halls. Having hosted some of Britain's foremost entertainers - among them Marie Lloyd, Dan Leno, Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel and George Formby - the Argyle was destroyed by a Luftwaffe bomb in 1940 and finally demolished in 1973.

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