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Hull's giant puppet parade attracts thousands

Land of Green Ginger procession Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The parade featured larger-than-life puppets of giants and mythical beasts

A parade of street performers dressed as giant creatures weaved its way through Hull on Saturday as part of the City of Culture 2017 arts festival.

Thousands of people lined the Old Town streets to watch The Land of Green Ginger Unleashed procession, which began on Saville Street at 18:30 GMT.

Produced by Irish arts company Macnas, it included large puppets of giants, woodland creatures and mythical beasts.

It has produced similar experiences in China, Australia and the United States.

Performers prepare for Land of green Ginger Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Thousands of people gathered in the Old Town on Saturday evening

The procession marked the end of a year-long project inspired by a Hull street, curiously named Land of Green Ginger, and was aimed at reaching audiences which are traditionally harder to engage in the arts.

Previous "Land of Green Ginger" events have included storytellers running tours of city streets, a bonfire and a model city.

Performers take part in the Land of Green Ginger Unleashed Image copyright Getty Images/Oli Scarff
Image caption The show was inspired by a street in Hull called Land of Green Ginger
red light on Land of Green Ginger unleashed Image copyright CHRIS PEPPER
Image caption The show travelled through Humber Street in the city
procession of Land of green Ginger Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Performers drew inspiration from the idea of parallel worlds
Performers prepare for Land of green Ginger Image copyright Getty Images/OLI SCARFF
Image caption Performers prepare for Land of green Ginger

Katy Fuller, Executive Producer of Hull 2017, said: "Hull provided a glorious stage for Macnas and the reaction has been truly overwhelming."

performers in the streets of hull on Saturday for the Land of Green Ginger Image copyright Getty Images/OLI SCARFF
Image caption Each Act had its own identity and was created by a different artist

Noeline Kavanagh, Artistic Director of Macnas, said: "We were blown away by the reception from the people of Hull - such a warm and generous audience."

giant in the parade Image copyright getty Images/OLI SCARFF
Image caption One of the central characters was a giant puppet which walked the streets

The parade made its way along Guildhall Road, Lowgate and High Street before finishing at Humber Street at about 21:00 GMT.

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