Diamond Jubilee Street Party!
In the United Kingdom, most major Royal events are celebrated by holding a Street Party. The residents apply for permission to block off a whole street in the neighbourhood, hang the bunting and flags out, set up tables and chairs, and make a day of it!
Street parties first started in 1919 to celebrate the signing of the treaty of Versailles ending World War I. These parties focused mainly on the children who had lived through the austerity and hardship of the war.
"In 1953, I organised the festivities for Queen Elizabeth's coronation, including a fancy dress parade, a 'glamorous grandmas' contest and a pram race, which involved 'nannies' (men dressed in nursemaid's uniforms) pushing 'babies' (women dressed in bibs and bonnets) around two villages. They had to stop and drink a half-pint at each of the nearby pubs." Betty Ward, Street Party Organiser