PANTOMIME was the theme when Slaithwaite villagers turned out for their 20th annual Moonraking Festival.
The festival is based on a village tale about two 19th-century smugglers who were collecting barrels of the illegal `moonshine' drink from the canal. The smugglers hid the barrels and told the police they were trying to rake the moon's reflection out of the canal.
Thinking they were fools, the police let the smugglers go - and the `moonraking' legend was born.
The festival week began on February 15 and featured lantern-making workshops and a Sleeping Beauty puppet show at Slaithwaite Civic Hall.
The festival's grand finale took place on Saturday evening.
A long procession of villagers bearing lanterns shaped like magic lamps, glass slippers, fairies, pumpkin carriages and castles passed along Hill Top and down Crimble Bank, before stopping by the canal at Carr Lane car park.
The procession was accompanied by drummers and a brass band.
Hundreds of villagers watched as several men dressed as genies carried a large Aladdin's lamp along the canal bank.
A puppet display and light show followed.
Then a girl dressed as the `moonraking fairy', the genies and two fancy-dress policemen playing bagpipes towed a moon-shaped lantern along the canal before lifting it out.
The celebrations ended with a fireworks display.
One of the festival organisers, Stuart Render, said the event united the village.