Georgian May Day celebrations
"Here they are! The sweeps are come! Here is the garland and the Lord and Lady! Poor fellows! This is their great festival. Their garland is a large cone of holly and ivy framed upon hoops...whereon is sometimes a floral crown, knots of ribbons or bunches of flowers...within it is a man who walks wholly unseen. The chimney sweepers' jackets and hats are bedizened with gilt embossed paper...their black faces and legs are grotesquely coloured with Dutch-pink; their shovels are scored with this crimson pigment, interlaced with white chalk."
Hone's Everyday Book 1825