SP3277 : Mind if I park my sheep, horse and elephant here?

taken 11 years ago, near to Earlsdon, Coventry, Great Britain

Mind if I park my sheep, horse and elephant here?
Mind if I park my sheep, horse and elephant here?
Tableaux from the Godiva Carnival Procession awaiting transport home at the park and ride in the Memorial Park. The front tableau shows the bear and ragged staff emblem of Warwickshire, but I'm not sure of its theme (the sheep may be a reference to the medieval cloth trade); the second represents Lady Godiva and the third represents the elephant from the Coventry coat of arms (may be sky blue as a nod towards the local football team).

The Godiva procession has origins in the legend which became associated with the 11th century benefactress of the city, Lady Godiva, who was supposed to have ridden naked through the city to obtain relief of the burden of taxes levied on the citizens by her husband Earl Leofric. The processions began in 1678 and have continued intermittently since, reaching a peak of popularity in the 19th century.

During the second half of the 20th century the Godiva aspect was lost to become Coventry Carnival and eventually, with the loss of the large firms and their apprentice schools, became little more than a series of advertising floats and fizzled out. In 1997 the Godiva procession was revived and in 2000 Coventry Carnival returned with arts group inspired costumes and tableaux. In 2003 the two combined to become the Godiva Carnival Procession which is associated with the three day Godiva Festival held in the Memorial Park. The theme of the 2007 procession was the history of Carnival.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 14 July, 2007   (more nearby)
Sunday, 15 July, 2007
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Park and Public Gardens  People, Events 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 322 772 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:23.5235N 1:31.6421W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 322 772
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