Celebrate in Style - Street Parties

Nowadays, street parties are not unique to United Kingdom but it was the British that started the tradition of closing off an entire street for a party. It all started in 1918 when millions of Britons came together in their towns to celebrate the end of World War I. The event was so popular and enjoyed by so many that in June 1919 they did it again, this time to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

Since then, street parties are quite usual whenever a national event is to be celebrated. Every year on the 8th of May, Britain still celebrates with these type of parties which marks the end of World War II, named VE Day (Europe Victory day).

Special Royal dates also get their street parties, especially when these involve the Queen or – yes you’re right – Royal weddings. To give you an idea of numbers, an estimated 10 million people celebrated the wedding of Prince Charles with Princess Diana back in 1981.

What about this year? Following the almost secular tradition, there will be plenty of street parties to celebrate the wedding of Price William and Kate Middleton.

To know the most popular parties, check out our previous post about the celebrations in London.

At Kaplan International Colleges, we are also very much in the mood for royal celebrations and that is why we are giving away free enrolment fees and free airport transfer on arrival when you book a course for one in our 10 schools in UK until the 2nd of May. Which one will you choose? London, Salisbury, Oxford, Cambridge …

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