The 7th bi-annual Hillsborough Handmade Parade will take place Sunday, October 14th, 2018, starting at 2:30 p.m. Participation is free and open to the community. Please do register if you plan to participate. Make sure to read the rules on the website.
The parade will be followed by the Grande Finale celebration in River Park
From the Hillsborough Handmade Parade Website:
The Hillsborough Handmade Parade is a grassroots community participatory celebration sponsored and organized by the Hillsborough Arts Council. This Mardi Gras style street parade is completely created by the community and includes wild costumes, giant puppets, stilt-walkers, marching bands and much more creating a spectacle of art, creativity, and public theater and music.
This year’s theme is “Magical Menagerie on the Eno.” The parade will begin at 2:30 pm at the Town Hall at 101 East Orange Street and end at the Grande Finale at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion and River Park.
The Grande Finale celebration will allow participants and observers to look at all of the puppets, costumes, stilt walkers and jugglers up close and personal and to celebrate our diversity with music and dance by Batalá Durham and The Magic of African Rhythms. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the Farmers Market Pavilion and River Park.
Why a Parade?
We seek to bring our community together in a creative, nonpolitical way through a walking theatrical performance. Our primary goal is to strengthen our community by valuing and celebrating our wonderful diversity. The purpose of the parade is to foster community involvement in the arts through participation in every aspect.
The informal atmosphere and hands-on character of the experience allow members of the community to work directly with artists and each other while gaining confidence in their own abilities. Most importantly, by using our collective creative energy to develop this celebration, we can overcome barriers to community participation and harmony.
Celebration Art combines the challenges of three-dimensional design with the richness of working in community and the excitement of watching pieces come alive with movement.