THE Romans will invade Lancaster this weekend. A spectacular re-enactment of the Roman Armilustrium – a celebration in honour of Mars, the god of war – will take place this Saturday (April 9).
The event will begin at 11am with a procession through the city, starting at Lancaster Castle, then onto Church Street and China Street before turning right onto Cheapside and then Market Street, finishing up outside Lancaster City Museum in Market Square.
There, the Romans will recreate the amazing historical ceremony that took place at the Circus Maximus, the ancient chariot racing arena, where the assembled army was inspected and their swords and shields ritually purified.
Then, to show they are not so scary after all, the Romans will be at Lancaster Museum until 3pm, meeting visitors and entertaining them with fascinating facts about ancient Roman life.