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Weekend Picks: October 17-19th


Hillsborough Handmade Parade

The weather looks great this weekend and there is plenty to do. Everything from neighborhoods carnivals, visiting food trucks, to one of my favorites – the Hillsborough Handmade Parade. Hope you can get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall weekend!

80’s Music Tribute Band at North Hills
Free Tribute Band concert series wraps up Friday with “The Breakfast Club”. Bring lawn chairs & blankets.

Cameron Village Back Yard Concert Series
Free concert 6:30-10:00pm with the AJ Ghent Band and Matrimony in Cameron Village on the corner of Woodburn & Cameron St.

Cooke Street Carnival
Fantastic neighborhood carnival with local vendors, bands, beer, and 11 local food trucks!

Big Gay Ice Cream Truck in Raleigh
The famous ice cream truck from NYC pays Raleigh a visit Saturday. It will be parked near Poole’s Diner from 3-10pm.

Hillsborough Handmade Parade
Fun parade of larger than life handmade puppets through downtown Hillsborough!

Triangle Veg Fest!
Meet local farmers and organic food producers from the Raleigh/Durham community. Sample some delectable delicacies that support vibrant health and boost your energy while making your mouth water.


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Hillsborough Handmade Parade This Saturday!

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Photo courtesy of David Hunt

The Handmade Parade returns to Hillsborough this weekend on Saturday October 20th at 2pm. The parade is organized by the Hillsborough Arts Council and fills the streets of downtown Hillsborough with giant puppets and costumed creatures marching along to festive music. This is one of my favorite Triangle events and I highly recommend you check it out if you can. It is a short parade, but great fun for the entire family!

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Photo courtesy of David Hunt

The parade is a described as a ”walking theatrical performance.  A spectacle of art, creativity, and public theatre”. Its purpose  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.

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Photo courtesy of David Hunt

The parade features participants in handmade costumes of snakes, frogs, and other wildlife creatures along side larger than life large puppets of animals and butterflies supported by four to six people marching them along the parade route.

Hillsborough Handmade Parade

Photo courtesy of David Hunt

The parade concludes on a grassy hill in front of the Historic Burwell School where participants jam to the rhythm of African drum music for a final celebration dance.  This is fabulous community event and I look forward to participating in it again this year. To see more great photographs from past parades check out Don Moffitt’s flickr album or you can view a video from the 2010 parade below.

The Fresh Roots Festival will also be happening on Saturday as well with continuous activities all day throughout downtown Hillsborough  including 5 free band concerts from noon until 10 pm.


You can get more details by visiting www.freshrootsfestivals.org.

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