Theme announced for this year's Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade
Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade

Hebden Bridge is in for a treat this summer when the town centre will be taken over by the 11th Handmade Parade, organisers are delighted to announce the theme of this year's event.

The parade will be based around the idea of a travelling fair and circus and will take place on Sunday, 24 June.

Artistic Director of Handmade Parade, Kerith Ogden said: “The 2018 Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade will be a chance for our community, our artists, and our audience to get really creative and have fun exploring the idea of a travelling fair and circus coming through our town. There’ll be ridiculous rides, surreal sideshows, weird circus, and all the fun of the fair.”

The Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade is an annual celebration of creativity and imagination.

Two weeks of open workshops involving local artists, families, volunteers, guest artists and street bands start on Saturday 9 June. The workshops culminate in a spectacular event with up to 1000 people dancing down the streets and in the parks of Hebden Bridge watched by thousands more on Sunday, 24 June.

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The workshop doors will be opening on Saturday, June 9 for people to create a costume, some parade artwork or a giant puppet.

There is also the chance for people to get involved in parade classes learning samba, dance ans stilt walking.

The parade itself will begin at 11.30am and will be followed by a Picnic in the Park.

More volunteers are always welcomed and this year the volunteer programme will begin with the Big May Make from Thurs day 10 to Sunday 13 May from, 10am – 4pm.

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This will be a chance for volunteers to work the Handmade Parade team before the public workshops in June start.

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