People dressed as chimney sweeps walk on stilts during a parade.

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Chim-chiminy, chim-chiminy
Men dressed as chimney sweeps and carrying traditional chimney brushes walk on stilts on May 7 during a parade in celebration of the Sweeps Festival in Rochester, England.

 

The annual festival dates back 400 years to May Day, also known as International Worker's Day and a common day that all workers had off to celebrate spring.

 


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Motley Morris dance team, dressed in multicolored outfits.

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A motley crew of dancers
The Motley Morris dance team, decked out in multicolored outfits and face paint, pose for a photograph on May 7 while taking part in Rochester's annual Sweeps Festival.

 

This year marks the festival's 32nd anniversary since it was reintroduced in the 1980s. The celebration includes activities such as traditional Morris folk dancing and a Jack-in-the-Green ceremony, which traditionally involves a huge, man-covering garland.


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Traditional chimney sweeper Bryan Pearce poses with his brush.

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Hailing from a family of chimney sweeps
Traditional chimney sweeper Bryan Pearce, who comes from a family that has been sweeping chimneys for more than three centuries, poses for a photograph on May 7 while taking part in Rochester's annual festival.

 
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