Hebden Bridge gets ready for puppet invasion

A green goddess in the 2011 Handmade Parade.
A green goddess in the 2011 Handmade Parade.

A feast of eye-popping, toe-tapping fun hits the streets of Hebden Bridge this weekend.

More than 700 people are expected to take part in the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade on Saturday, featuring giant puppets, dazzling artwork, great bands and crazy costumes.

This year’s parade theme is The Enchanted Wood and, among the creations on display, will be a leaf dragon, a white stag, a winter goddess and giant inflatable flowers.

The parade will be split into four sections - from summer, autumn, winter and into spring -and crowds can expect to see woodland warriors, wolves on wheels and even dancing bluebells.

The parade begins at 2pm and spectators are expected to line the route along Victoria Road, Valley Road, Bridge Gate and Holme Street to Calder Holmes Park.

The Handmade Parade Street Band, led by Peadar Long, and the Handmade Parade Samba Band will be joined by bands such as Blowjangles, Drum Machine and Beatlif to get all those dancing feet moving.

Once the parade reaches the park, there will be a spectacular finale and festival.