A POPULAR Herefordshire event has held a spring parade to celebrate its return this summer after two years away due to Covid.

The Hereford River Carnival is a two-day celebration of the river Wye that takes place on and beside the river, and throughout the city.

A spring parade, nicknamed Hereford Happening, took place on the Bank Holiday weekend.

Hereford Times: Activity workshops were held at Maylord Orchards Shopping CentreActivity workshops were held at Maylord Orchards Shopping Centre

Children's activity workshops were followed by a procession from Maylord Orchards Shopping Centre, through High Town with giant insect puppets produced by the Fetch Theatre Company, a touring group producing a highly visual style of theatre incorporating puppetry and mask work.

This was followed by a gathering at Castle Green with Bangra dancing and music.

Hereford Times: Bangra dancing on Castle Green. Picture Paul JacksonBangra dancing on Castle Green. Picture Paul Jackson

The event acted as a preview to the River Carnival itself, which returns to the city on Friday August 26 and Saturday August 27.

A spokesperson for the carnival said: "Thank you to all who were part of the first annual Hereford Happening on Saturday.

"We are so thrilled to be back doing what we love to do, and can't wait for our full scale return in August."