A feast was the theme: they gave us a banquet!

Handmade Parade, Hebden Bridge

Handmade Parade, Hebden Bridge

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A LEGION of colourful puppets and costumes, music and fun descended on Hebden Bridge.

A giant mouth, a huge pie, tiny strawberry people and a flock of chickens were among the characters taking part in the fourth Handmade Parade on Saturday.

Handmade Parade, Hebden Bridge

Handmade Parade, Hebden Bridge

The theme was The Fabulous Feast, so there was also a massive cow, a giant fishmonger and an evil burger king to be seen.

Around 700 people marched in the procession and thousands more lined the streets to see the impressive spectacle.

It culminated with a performance that saw crowds pack into Calder Holmes Park to be in the audience.

Co-ordinator of the event Rebecca Dearden said: “It was fantastic.

handmade parade 2011, child dressed as a FAB lolly

handmade parade 2011, child dressed as a FAB lolly

“We’ve already had messages of congratulations and people saying they saw it and asking if they can take part next year.”

For the three weeks leading up to the parade, organisers Handmade Parade CIC held workshops so people could work alongside local artists on costumes and help to make the biggest puppets.

There were also classes to learn parade skills, including stilt-walking, samba drumming, and mask-making.

Rebecca said the organisers were on a tighter budget for this year’s event, with only half the funds that last year’s parade had.

Handmade Parade, Hebden Bridge

Handmade Parade, Hebden Bridge

She said they wanted to thank the Arts Council and Hebden Royd Town Council for the grants they had given, and also the businesses that had donated resources and services.

She added that people had been very generous in giving to collections on the day.

“We want to thank everyone who supported the parade,” she added. “I think people got a lot out of it and we did too.”