A free parade is coming to Accrington this April and it’s set to be a celebration of local art and performance.

This spring, Accrington is set to burst into life with a free parade of music and costumes made by local people.

The parade, which celebrates Hyndburn’s rich culture and local creativity, will come to Accrington town centre on Saturday, April 13.

Each group has been tasked with creating unique, one-of-a-kind pieces, costumes and headdresses that reflect the diversity and heritage of the  community.

You can expect to see Tiffany glass, Acorns, Turkey Red Dye and the Spinning Jenny at the heart of the parade.

This blend of visual creativity will be accompanied by music from the Accrington Pipe Band.

Suco Samba, an Accrington based drumming band, will keep the crowd moving with their music.

The parade begins at 2pm at the top of the main shopping street, Broadway.

It will weave its way through the heart of Accrington, starting on Broadway and travelling through the centre before the grand finale at St James Church around 2.45pm.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to gather along the route to witness the spectacle.

The local team behind music festival Oak Fest, which is also held in Accrington, are working with event specialists Handmade Productions to deliver the Accrington Spring Parade, which is new for 2024.

Handmade Productions is collaborating with local groups, including AAWAZ, Peel Park Primary School, Spring into Action, Community Solutions, Accrington & Rossendale College, Dance Syndrome, Lancashire Women’s Centre, and Adventure Hyndburn.

Fran Sierevogel, Handmade Productions lead project manager, said: “We’re very excited to bring our creative imaginations to Accrington, the beating heart of Hyndburn.

“It’s great to partner with Hyndburn Leisure and produce an inclusive community event together.

"This is going to be a spectacular parade celebrating the town, its heritage and its community.

“There are lots of opportunities to get involved, whether that’s taking part in the public workshops, joining the parade or coming to watch as an audience member.”

Councillor Marlene Howarth, leader of Hyndburn Council, said: “The Spring Parade created by and for local people is an opportunity to see one of a kind, stunning displays of art and performance plus a chance for residents to come together, enjoy the festivities, and celebrate the unique spirit of Accrington – all for free!

“Come down with your friends and family to enjoy an afternoon filled with music, colour, culture, and community.”

The team at Handmade Productions is working with local community groups to design and co-create parade costumes and props which will be unveiled at the parade.  

Handmade Productions is looking for volunteers to get involved and lend a hand on the day. 

Helpers are needed for simple physical tasks like pushing carts, carrying props and light weight structures and help puppeteering.

Adults of any age, or under-18s accompanied by an adult, are all welcome to volunteer, and this includes any wheelchair users who are able to complete the procession route.

Individuals interested in volunteering to help with the Accrington Spring Parade should contact Handmade Productions direct by emailing volunteer@handmadeproductions.org.uk