A proud expression of Catholic identity, this Edwardian parade fills the streets of the Yorkshire town.
Halifax Catholic Procession (1905)
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(DVD, UK, 2005) British Film Institute
For a day, the old religion holds sway over the centre of a mainly Protestant wool town, captured in Mitchell & Kenyon's only 'Catholic' film made outside Lancashire. 'Erin' (Ireland in Gaelic), written in flowers, proclaims the origins of much of Halifax's Catholic community. Priests, worshippers, altar boys, women and girls in elaborate hats and small children throng the streets.
It's amazing to see how many people these processions manage to gather, it really comes through in the film. We see all kinds of people, adults, children, priests and musicians. The pinnacle of this seems to be the statue of Mary and the statue of Jesus carried towards the end. A fascinating look into these ol' time processions went, but they add little of importance to the common person watching.