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The Hull Carnival Arts team can be relied on to offer a variety of fun and accessible carnival creations, experiences and packages suitable for enhancing any event or festival. Meet some of their breath taking giant puppets and carnival sculptures, try on transformative carnival costumes and get the chance to wear them as you “get your groove on” and move to the music.

Walkabout Puppets

Walkabout entertainment, Giant Puppets & Hireable Parade Items - Step into our world of giant puppets and meet some extraordinary and larger than life characters. Our collection of 12ft tall puppets and other creatures delight audiences everywhere.

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Humber Monster

The Humber Monster is a giant puppet, who legend has it, lives in the murky depths of the Humber estuary. He prowls about creeping mysteriously to the accompanying classical music provided by his ‘minder’s’ wind up music box. He only eats the smallest and tender children!

Poseidon

Poseidon is a giant 12 foot puppet, who like Neptune is the King of the Sea underwater world. He shakes hands with people, waves and poses for photos as well as dancing along with a parade.

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Goth Fawkes

Goth Fawkes is a giant 12' evil villain puppet, with an Elizabethan gothic appearance, he dances, and twirls along with his accompanying roving music box player. This archetypal bad guy is very popular with children and families and can perform with Bandanarama in procession.

 

Humber The Hun

Humber the Hun is a giant 12 foot puppet, who once fought the king of England in the 8th century and was drowned in the river Humber (hence that’s how the estuary got its name). He runs a mock, attempting to scare (as all Vikings do!), he shakes hands with people, waves and poses for photos as well as dancing along with a parade.

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Phil The Goby Fish

Phil the Goby Fish Lantern Puppet was created for Floodlights Parade in 2021. The tiny Goby Fish are one of the most common fish to the Humber Estuary.

 

The Gipsyville Floodlights Parade was originally commissioned by Absolutely Cultured , and was co Created by Hull Carnival Arts & Andy Pea Artist. LED tech by Ian Mitchell .

 

Dave The Dead 

"Dave" - The Day of the Dead skeleton lantern is a giant puppet measuring 10ft in height, and he has over 1600 LED illuminating his boney body, perfect for outdoor lantern parades and light nights. He shakes, rattles, and roles about to the accompanying spooky music provided by his ‘minder’s’ wind up music box, or he can perform with Bandanarama in a parade or procession.

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Bandanarama

Live Carnival Music - Let our resident street band Bandanarama bring some funk to your festival and make your event a memorable and joyful experience.

 

Giant Moth Wings

These larger than life colourful moths will gracefully make their way through your event, creating a spectacular and beautiful image of nature at its best. They are best animated along with live music or in a parade.

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Festival Flags & Decor

If you are running an outdoor event, we have a collection of over 100 flags to choose from, to bring colour and festival flavour to enhance your event space.

 
 

Make & Take Carnival Crafts

Carnival Crafts “Make and Take” - As part of your event, our team of artists can work with participants, helping them make their own carnival crafts and cardboard costumes ready for your parade finale.

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Pop up Parade

Join the team from Hull Carnival Arts on a series of short, fun and accessible pop-up parade experiences around your festival or event site. Meet some of their breath taking giant puppets and carnival sculptures, try on carnival costumes and get the chance to wear them as you dance and groove round the parade route to the funky music!

 

Carnival Troupe

"From the depths of the deepest ocean we bring you monsters, mermaids, fabulous fish and many other creatures from the deep blue sea."

There's Something in the Water, is our Signature Carnival  Troupe that can be hired for carnivals and festival events (Volunteer sign up in advance of the event to animate this transformative costume collection)

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Community Lantern Parades

If you've got an idea for your own light night or lantern parade? We can bring that extra sparkle to your event. Talk to our team and find out what we can offer:

  • Lantern making workshops in advance of your event

  • Hireable Giant Lantern Puppets

  • Portable Sound Systems

  • Bespoke Feature Lantern Commissions

  • Advice and support in planning your event

all chosen to compliment your theme e.g. Halloween, Diwali, Christmas, nature etc

 

Community Carnivals

Got an idea for a carnival in your community? Then come and talk to us about how we can help you make it happen.

What we can offer:

  • Carnival costume workshops in advance of your event

  • Hireable Giant Puppets

  • Portable Sound Systems and Wheel based push floats

  • Bespoke Feature Puppets and Structure Commissions

  • Advice and support in planning your event

all chosen to compliment your theme and the interests of your community.

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