verb | prom-e-nade | [prɔ mə ‘nɑd]
1: to walk in a public place for pleasure
Full Definition of promenade (Noun)
1: a place for strolling
2: a leisurely walk or ride especially in a public place for pleasure or display
3a: a ceremonious opening of a formal ball consisting of a grand march of all the guests
b: a figure in a square dance in which couples move counterclockwise in a circle
Retrieved from: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary
Promenading or strolling is an activity in which we really should take part more often. Going out into our community’s beautiful public spaces for the sake of taking them in has value in itself. Getting together with friends and sharing the activity as a group is even more beneficial. Dressing up puts it over the top!
Taking a leisurely walk is certainly not a pursuit that is unique to any period in time, but there seems to be something special about the Regency Era Promenade. Perhaps it’s the parasols, perhaps it’s the aesthetic of regency era clothing…I’m not sure I can say for certain what it is, but every person that participates and sees a regency era promenade can’t help but smile at the beauty of it.
The Jane Austen Festival in Bath, UK organizes such a promenade as a part of the festival, and the whole purpose of the activity is to create garments built for this purpose and to take a stroll as a group, under the auspices of a festival in celebration of Jane Austen.
Photo credit: Andrew Knowles
It’s kind of a big deal.
It is in this spirit that Lady Jane Productions organizes promenades. Our first and second outings were in St. Albert, AB at the beautiful St. Albert Botanic Park, and future promenades will explore new locations in the Edmonton area.
2015 Regency Promenade – July, 2015
2016 Pride & Prejudice Promenade and Picnic – August 21, 2016
Upcoming Promenades (more details to come):
2017 Lady Jane Productions Summer Promenade & Picnic – July 9, 2017 (At the Alberta Legislative Building Grounds)
Please email Lady Jane Productions for more information on future promenades or if you have any questions about the event.
Main photo credit: Nanc Price Photography