A damp and murky day greets the annual Whitsuntide Catholic procession in Edwardian Manchester.
Manchester Catholics Whitsuntide Procession (1904)
18,000 marchers, many of them children, joined this ambitious Whit procession - an annual show of pride for Manchester's Catholic population. The procession lasted over two hours, with highlights captured by Mitchell and Kenyon's camera from several vantage points. Many of the children were from poorer families, and their splendid outfits would have needed much scrimping.
Mitchell & Kenyon are here really on the top of their game, documenting an event from multiple locations and capturing the magnitude of it. For the time, it seems like this is a very long, 11 minutes long, documentation of the events - and this is by that a pretty good preservation of history. There are films about this same event from later years, for instance by Pathe in 1922 and 1926, but this is so much earlier, and I feel this is a pretty good one, although of course, boring for a modern man.