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Thursday, 9 May 2019

Parade logoHandmade Parade theme announced

Hebden Bridge is in for a treat this summer when the town centre will be taken over by the 12th Handmade Parade. Organisers are delighted to announce this year’s parade is called Once upon a time and will tell a story set in the ancient European forests. It will incorporate elements of European folklore, myth, ritual and design.

Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade 2018 - Photo:HebWeb

Artistic Director of Handmade Parade Kerith Ogden says, ‘This year’s parade will be a tale of adventure, set in the deep dark forests of ancient Europe, and the stories of the strange and marvellous creatures who live there. Be careful not to to stray from the path …’

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


There will be two weeks of open workshops involving local artists, families, volunteers, guest artists and amazing street bands, culminating in a spectacular event with up to 1,000 people dancing down the streets and in the parks of Hebden Bridge watched by thousands more. This year’s parade will take place on Sunday 30 June.

Open Workshops

Our workshop doors will be opening on Saturday 8 June , so come along and create a costume, a parade artwork, or giant puppet. You can also get involved in parade classes learning samba, dance and stilt walking. For more information please go to www.handmadeparade.co.uk/hebden-bridge-parade or our Facebook page.

Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade 2018 - Photo: HebWeb

Parade and Picnic

Sunday 30 June, starting at 11.30am followed by a Picnic in the Park from 12.30 to 3.30pm.


If you would like to help out, you can come and volunteer with us – it’s a lot of fun and you’re really helping bring excitement to the community. This year we’re starting earlier with our volunteer programme, with the Big May Make: 10am–4pm on Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th, Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23 May.

This will be a chance for adult volunteers, creatives, and students to come together and spend an intensive but fun few days working with the Handmade Parade team before the public workshops in June start.

Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade 2018 - Photo:HebWeb

We will be designing and making band costumes, stilters’ costumes, banners, and preparing for the public workshops.

For more information please email volunteer@handmadeparade.co.uk

This year’s Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade is supported by Arts Council England, Hebden Royd Town Council, Community Foundation for Calderdale and Calderdale Council.

For more information about this year’s parade please go to: website or our Facebook page.

Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade 2018 - Photo:HebWeb