Hebden Bridge celebrates its indomitable spirit with the theme “Muck In” for Sunday’s 9th Handmade Parade - which runs in partnership with Hebden Bridge Arts Festival which starts today (see adjoining story) and as part of the Yorkshire Festival (June 16-July 3).
Handmade Parade artistic director Andrew Kim explains: “The ‘Muck In’ theme aims to capture the spirit of the 2015 Boxing Day flood, celebrating the heroic super human effort from everyone to rebuild our local communities. The emphasis is on fun and in enjoying the ridiculous.”
“The carnival we hope, will highlight the renewed vibrancy of the town after the disaster, shining a light on the community claiming back the right to dance down their streets again,” says Parade executive director, Kathleen McGrath.
There will also be an exciting residency co-commissioned by the Yorkshire Festival, with Russian artists from Cardboardia bringing their sense of cardboard art, politics and play to the Hebden Bridge carnival. The main parade is from 12 noon with a picnic in the park from 1pm - 4pm.