The 6th bi-annual Hillsborough Handmade Parade
was Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Hillsborough Handmade Parade is a grass roots community participation 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.


On October 15th, 2016 the parade began at 2:30 at the Town Hall at 101 East Orange Street and ended at Cameron Park. There was a grand finale at Cameron Park with bands, food, a drum circle and an opportunity to enjoy all the amazing puppets. The next Handmade Parade will be help on Saturday, October 13, 2018 with a rain date of October 20, 2018.


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2016 Handmade Parade Video

A Special Thanks to:

Orange County Arts Commission and Town of Hillsborough’s Tourism Board.

Orange County Government for providing the space for our 2016 workshops​ at the Whitted Building.

Eno River Development for storing the puppets since the 2014 Hillsborough Handmade Parade.

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Why a Parade?


We seek to bring our community together in a creative, non political way. 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 allows 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. We’ll create a community participation celebration that will bring us together while having fun!


What was the 2016 parade?


A walking theatrical performance.

The parade theme is Walk of the Wild Things. Participants are invited to draw inspiration from the Maurice Sendak book titled Where the Wild Things Are as well as look to the wild creatures that inhabit the Eno River Basin.

A spectacle of art, creativity, and public theater and music.

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.



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Video of 2014 Parade

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The Handmade Parade Tools and Materials Guide with six pages of extensive tips, and recommendations of tools and where to find free, recycled, and economical sources for tools and materials.  The Handmade Parade Puppet Building Manual with 24 pages of planning tips, recipes, and how-to sketches. 

Please vote to keep the Handmade Parade in Hillsborough!


We are very grateful to our sponsors. However, the Hillsborough Handmade Parade is a large production and, even with sponsors, there is a budget short fall.


Any donation no matter how modest will be a vote to KEEP the Handmade Parade in Hillsborough. ...we can't do it without YOUR support!


Pay pal is here for your convenience or you can mail a check to Hillsborough Arts Council 102 N Churton St with "Handmade Parade" in the memo. Every little bit helps.

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