Guy Fawkes Night in Kissimmee

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Today will probably see the largest celebration of Halloween that has been seen in our countries. Saturday will probably see the largest celebration of Guy Fawkes Night yet seen in Florida.

In this strange reversal of roles, Halloween – largely seen as an American opportunity to have fun – will have competition in Kissimmee from Guy Fawkes as they celebrate the 5th annual Guy Fawkes Night. There will be a large bonfire, guys of every description, fun and plenty of food including sausages a rather rare American offering.

But the, over the years, the Kissimmee bonfire night has attracted a lot of locals as well as those expats that live in the area. Because it coincides this year with half-term holidays there will be a number of visitors who might drop by as well.

It is not only the biggest British event in Florida but easily the biggest Guy Fawkes celebration outside of Great Britain. It attracts over 2,000 attendees from all over Florida. Kissimmee’s Guy Fawkes event boasts the biggest bonfire in Central Florida, the best selection of British foods (including Cornish pasties almost impossible to find in the US), British music, games, rides and a huge fireworks display. Yes, you get the idea – it’s turned into a celebration of things British!

To Americans, Guy Fawkes needs explaining as to who he was, why we “celebrate” such an event and why we stuff old clothes with anything flammable and then gleefully burn them. When you think about it, it is as macabre as Halloween.

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with food, rides and music, followed by the “Guy” judging at 7:00 p.m., the bonfire at 7:30 p.m. and a spectacular fireworks show at 9:00 p.m. Admission to the event is $5.

For more information about Kissimmee, click here.

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