It was mayhem, as was to be expected, at the traditional Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade. We were at the tail of the Desert Section, sandwiched between a brass band in front of us and a samba band behind. We tried to make as much noise as we could.
Some of us made the costumes, others did makeup. We all had fun.
We were placed right behind snake charmers, who blessed everyone with shakers and demanded donations, and in front of Sun dancers with their large semicircle sleeves, who floated and fluttered around us, welcoming the sun into the Calder Valley.
We were especially impressed with the giant puppets in the Parade: the very natural-looking camel and a scaly fish which was attached to bikes and moved its body sideways. You can see the elephant crossing a bridgee in Hebden Bridge, and the Fish on the page of Parade’s photos – and Incidentals are almost at the bottom of the page there.