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Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival
Annual celebration - January

The Whittlesea Straw Bear is maintaining the folklore tradition of parading a man dressed in straw around the streets near to Plough Monday. The Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival takes place every January.

dancing straw bear
back view of straw bear
straw bear

straw bear and baby bearClocse up of straw bear

A five year old boy from Park Lane School wore the costume of the Small Straw Bear in 2009.

Baby BearBaby Bear

In recent years the Whittlesea Straw Bear has made friends with a German Straw Bear ( der Strohbär) from Walldürn near Frankfurt, a town that celebrates its own Straw Bear Festival on the Monday before Shrove Tuesday.

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