Catch a glimpse of the weird and wonderful

John Anyon         02/05/14          1814588202

Worcester Museum and Art Gallery Marketing and Events Manager, Helen Large with some of the Moths Parade costumes currently on show at the gallery (5876886)

John Anyon 02/05/14 1814588202 Worcester Museum and Art Gallery Marketing and Events Manager, Helen Large with some of the Moths Parade costumes currently on show at the gallery (5876886)

First published in News

WEIRD and wonderful costumes that graced Worcester's High Street in carnival style earlier in the year have gone on display for all to see.

The Magnificent MOTHS Parade was brought to the streets of Worcester city centre on Saturday, February 22 thanks to a collaboration between Museums Worcestershire and Imagineer Productions.

A day of magical and surprising performances and events inspired by Museums Worcestershire’s collections, buildings and exhibitions took place as part of Love Worcester.

Now, the costumes which were designed by seven times winner of Trinidad Carnival, Brian MacFarlane, are being housed in the Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum in Foregate Street until Saturday, May 31.

Helen Large, of Museums Worcestershire, says the intention of the parade was to take the museum out onto the streets while also encouraging people to come back into the attractions and engage with the exhibitions.

"What amazes me when you look at the costumes is they are almost on a frame and they stick up, particularly the owl which rises right up in the air.

"The performers were actually dancing in them as well, so it must have been particularly amazing to have worn them."

The costumes will greet visitors as they enter the gallery and were designed to reflect the museum service's natural history collection, some of which Helen says are "so old and fragile they will never see the light of day again".

The parade started from the Guildhall and it welcomed back Victorian explorer and collector Winnie Bird and her Magnificent Giant Moths.

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