Hebden Bridge Parade
Saturday June 22, 2013 Noon
The Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade is a spectacular parade created by local people (and friends and visitors), helped by a bunch of fantastic artists. It's a celebration of creativity, the art of the handmade and is just sheer fun! There are three weeks of workshops beforehand, open to anyone who wants to make costumes, carryable art or help create giant puppets and animatronics. There are bands, stilt-walking sessions and more. Up to 700 people walk (or dance) in the parade through the streets of Hebden Bridge, watched by thousands.
The Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade was started by Andrew Kim, a puppeteer who specialises in giant puppets and large-scale community performances. The parade, now in its sixth year, is produced by Handmade Parade CIC, a not-for-profit community interest company made up of local artists and organisers.
Everyone is welcome at our open workshops. We provide all the materials and as much guidance and instruction as you need so that you can make your own costume, mask, puppet or banner for the parade.
Get creative and learn new skills at special classes for adults and teens led by our team of professional artists. You'll have a chance to show off your creations or performance on the day of the parade and at the grand finale in Calder Holmes Park. No previous skills required.
more on classes
The 2013 theme is MYTHS, MYSTERIES AND MAYHEM and we hope that there will be a lot of each. Our artists are at the early stages of creating the incredible creatures that will be singing and dancing down the streets in 2 short months. Who knows what might come out of the mists: Rochdale canal mermaids, cruel cupids, sea monsters, trolls, fire dragons - maybe even a poo fairy! . Take a look at last year's theme and parade sections. themes and sections
Calder Holmes Park is the place to be! The Parade winds through Hebden Bridge and arrives into the park at around 1pm for a fantastic finale pageant with music, movement and giant puppets followed by a mini festival of street bands, local music and dance groups and gorgeous food from local traders.