The Regency Promenade

The Regency Promenade

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, we will be holding a Regency Mourning Procession as our annual promenade. We will be attempting to set a NEW Guinness World Record

We request a $1 entrance fee, but that is optional. All monies collected will be matched by the JASNA-Greater Louisville Region and donated to the North American Friends of the Chawton House Library.

Specific guidelines for ‘Regency Mourning Procession’

Men, women & children to be dressed in Regency attire.


Women in short waisted gowns with proper accessories (caps, bonnets, turbans, shawls, and/or parasols) with flat shoes or half boots (no tennis shoes, for example).


Men in military, tradesmen clothes, or proper gentlemen clothes, i.e. drop front trousers, waistcoat & cutaway coat, and hat. Required footwear: boots or flat period appropriate shoes.

All participants must be in position simultaneously and remain so for a minimum of 5 minutes (for a group picture at the conclusion of the Promenade).

A loud start and finish signal (a bag piper) will be used. Two experienced timekeepers will time the attempt with stopwatches accurate to 0.01 seconds.

All participants must wear the costume for the entirety of the attempt.

Do you need help getting your Regency Attire together?

See our Regency Costume Tips.doc

Where do you get these items?

During the Festival, we will have 18 purveyors in our Shoppes of Meryton that will carry various elements of all these items mentioned.

Before the Festival, you can visit these shops online:

Jas. Townsend & Son

Smoke & Fire


Taylor-Rose Historical Outfitters

American Duchess

What if I want to make my own Regency attire?  What patterns do you recommend?

Check out our PatternRecommendations.pdf