Todmorden Fantastical Cycle Parade

In celebration of the Tour de France in Yorkshire, the Fantastical Cycle Parade was a glorious ride through the streets of Todmorden with bicycles, tricycles, scooters, prams and wheelchairs transformed into all manner of strange and wonderful creatures, bugs and beasts.

Street performers and some surprising pedal-powered contraptions popped up throughout Todmorden town centre including art, performance and music by SkibandHandmade Samba BandThingumajig TheatreSpacecadets and Granny Turismo!

We’ve had some really fantastic photos and media coverage–take a look!

ITV Calendar
Photos by Ian Hodgson and Craig Shaw

What a fabulous day! Thank you to all the artists, organisers, performers, volunteers, participants, family, friends and all the lovely people of Todmorden, Yorkshire and beyond who came to cheer us on and support our local businesses!

Here’s who made it all happen:

Event producer: Hannah Merriman
Artistic Director: Andrew Kim
Lead artists: Alison Duddle and Jonny Quick (Butterflies), Andrew Kim (Horses), Kerith Ogden (Bugs), and Sue Walpole (Fish)
Structure sculptors: Noah Rose and Richard Dawson (Fish, Bird) Ian Broscomb (Flower Carousel, Beetle)
Outreach artist: Jude Wadley (Wheelchairs)
Tour de Tod Steering group, in particular Cynthia Murray, Pam Warhurst, Cllr Jayne Booth, Jacqui Matthews, Shaun Murray

Read more about our artists

Production manager and Handmade Flags: Kathy Kim
Head Steward: Drew Payne
Site Manager: Dan Powers
Event management support and Health and Safety: Lynnette Crossley
Volunteer Coordinator and Stage Manager: Sue Gallie Hall
Graphic Designer: Catherine Byrne
Website: Beth Maiden

Additional parade art and performers:
Skiband, on bike coach by Richard Dawson and Noah Rose
Handmade Samba on PianoPorte bike train by Andy Plant
Inflatable from Spacecadets
Bikes and riders from Simply Cycling
Mobile PA’s on loan from Walk the Plank
Bike drumming puppet: Mr. Peewee
Prammy Nannies: Mary Clear, Estelle Brown, Kirsten Fussing, Heathew, Daisy Clear, Judy Audaer, Adam, Shirley Harris, Laura, Isla, Adam’s mum

Markets: Peter Brennan and John Walker
First Adiers (HT Direct): Corrie, Shannon, Aiden, Harry

Huge thanks to our volunteers and stewards: Mike Hall, Shirley Fielder and the fantastic UCCA tea ladies team, Blaize Davies, Irena Brown, Margaret Davies, Glynis Holmes, Sue, Josi, Jamie, Liz Dees and Charles, community wardens: Zoe, Mary, Ray, Fred Hunt, Graham Hall, Jonathan Kilcourse, Neil Davies, Will Lenton, Halifax Street Angels, Cathy, Nath Jackson, Giles Prichard, Pam Finch, Nick Mitchell, Sam, Lisa Gort, Rowan, Toby, Sue, Chakra, Rosie, Gil Burns, Flora and Joseph Prince and Linda and Rohan Green.

Type: Cycle Parade
Location: Todmorden
Date: April 2014
Organisers & helpers: Yorkshire Festival, Todmorden Town Council