Pride as the parade beats the floods

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade with this year's theme, 'The Enchanted Wood' bringing colour and fun to the streets of the valley town
Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade with this year's theme, 'The Enchanted Wood' bringing colour and fun to the streets of the valley town

Hebden Bridge showed it knows how to party when the fifth Handmade Parade finally took place - a week after floods devastated the town.

The parade, a celebration of creativity and the art of handmade, had to be rescheduled at the 11th hour after some of the worst flooding in living memory struck the town on Friday June 22 - the day before the parade was due to be held.

After some quick reorganising, the parade was moved to the following weekend and saw a tremendous turn out.

Almost 700 people took part and several thousands more watched on to enjoy amazing giant puppets, dazzling artwork and live music.

The theme for this years parade was Enchanted Wood, with four sections - summer, fall, winter and spring.

Parade organiser Rebecca Dearden said: “What an amazing day. I can honestly say it was the most awe-inspiring parade yet. The atmosphere of energy and creativity in the workshops and outreach sessions in the month beforehand was wonderful to be a part of.

Rebecca also thanked the organisers of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and the Mytholmroyd Gala for rescheduling their events to allow the Handmade Parade to take place on the same day.

“Thankfully the parade itself managed to stay dry and even the afternoon downpour didn’t dampen spirits at the finale and festival.

“We don’t make this parade - it’s those hundreds of people who come to create costumes and help the fantastic parade artists with the giant puppets.

“A huge thanks to all those people who worked with us to bring the parade back to the streets after the floods. I can’t wait for next year.”

After the finale in Calder Homes Park, parade artists took some of their giant puppets to the Mytholmroyd Gala to entertain the crowds and say thank you to the gala organisers for altering their schedule.