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Hunslet Carnival and Gala
Hunslet Carnival and Gala

Hunslet Carnival and Gala 1904

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Hunslet Carnival and Gala 1904

5 mins United Kingdom

Carnivals were a highlight of the Edwardian calendar, when they allowed townsfolk to set aside the usual norms of class, status and gender. This film of a summertime procession through Hunslet in south east Leeds is no exception, featuring blackface minstrels, men in women's dress and floats depicting religious and historical scenes. As is common, showmen marshal the crowd around the camera.

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