The idea of Stag and Hen parties has changed greatly over the years. Originally a quiet night – spent with friends and family the night before the wedding, can now last anywhere from a weekend to a week. It has become an opportunity to get away and party, with the excuse of celebrating ‘the end of freedom’.
Today stag and hen parties are far from the traditional – they often now include fancy dress, dares, strippers and falling out of nightclubs drunk at the end of the night.
It appears the parties prior to the wedding have become as long, as costly and almost as important as the honeymoon, which follows.
Bristol played a major role in the transatlantic slave trade in the 17th and 18th centuries. Today, many of Bristol’s buildings and some education and economic institutions are a tangible legacy of the wealth created by trade in slaves and slave produced commodities.
The migration from the Caribbean to Bristol has made the city’s population culturally diverse. There are many people of African- Caribbean descent living here today. It has been estimated that one in five Britons has a black ancestor from the 17th or 18th centuries. The contributions they make to the life of Bristol are wide and include many cultural ones, enjoyed by the black and white population alike.