Burning the Clocks, Brighton

This is one fiery British festival that does not have its roots far in the past. Brighton’s Burning the Clocks parade is a modern invention from the 1990s that has caught on big time.

The event take place annually on the winter solstice, December 21, from 6pm and follows a route from Church Street to Madeira Drive.

A few thousand participants parade through the streets to the sea with homemade paper clock lanterns and outlandish costumes, which are then burnt on the shore in a huge bonfire – symbolic of the year’s end and the passing of time. Meanwhile fireworks, mulled wine and good cheer accompany it all.

Written by - Photo by Dominic Alves and Loz Flowers

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