From village fetes to city carnivals, and sports parades to May Day celebrations, community get-togethers and street parties aren’t new to the UK. We have a long tradition of celebrating with our neighbours.
Historically we can date street parties as far back as Halloween in 1000BC which was the Old Celtic New Year and—in more recent history—royal celebrations like Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887 and the Royal Wedding Street Parties celebrating the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton.
Whether it’s Live Aid, Guy Fawkes Night, Notting Hill Carnival or Hogmanay communities across the UK have always enjoyed a good knees up with their neighbours. As we enter our fourth year, The Big Lunch is establishing itself as part of this tradition and as a part of history.
Why not stage a historical street party for your Big Lunch – you could re-enact 1945’s VE Day street parties or theme your lunch around the World Cup Final parade in 1966.
Get some ideas from this wonderful film of Silver Jubilee Street Parties
Whether you’re planning tea and cakes for two or a massive street party, every Big Lunch is significant.
Join in and join history in the making!
For more street party history. Check out some exmaples from our friends at Historypin