The Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade: A Photo Gallery

Street parade sets off in Hebden Bridge

One of many events cancelled this year was Hebden Bridge’s quirky, colourful street parade, Handmade Parade, named because the participants make the puppets, costumes and parade art over three weeks of workshops. I hope my pictures give some of the flavour of a special day.

Street parade performer in a handmade badger mask

Carnival spider and web

Carnival animal puppet mask with fearsome teeth

Performer with painted face and mushroom and vine costume

Giant bird puppet, Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade

Giant puppet

Handmade parade stilt walker

Stilt walker with golden wings

Drumming band at the Handmade Parade

Kids at the Handmade Parade, Hebden Bridge

Duke Street Food sign for Mediterranian Meze

Artisan bread

When the parade had gone through the town, the performers and their audience gathered in a field set aside for music, dancing and feasting. I’m licking my lips remembering our tasty, healthy, great value plates of food. I ate mine too fast to think of a photo, but here’s the artisan bread that was served. The grey bread had charcoal in it.

For more about the event, including plans to create a collaborative film with families, communities or creative singletons, check out the Handmade Parade website. The projects page has a way to register your interest in appearing in the film, the home page has a video of the event, and there are downloadable instructions for simple bird puppets, sea creature hats and kites on the things to make and do page.

Shared for Under The Sun in celebration of a wonderfully sunny, community day in Hebden Bridge, 2019.

25 Replies to “The Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade: A Photo Gallery”

  1. Looks like a fun day for whole families. What a shame it has had to be cancelled, but social distancing would be impossible in that type of event.

    I can well imagine young children taking delight in the range of hand-made masks and costumes in the parade.

    Great photos 🙂

    1. It would – the streets were packed last year. It’s great how the event is much more than ‘just’ the parade, with the workshops and the care lavished on the artwork.

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