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community lanterns project

The Lismore Lantern Parade is Lismore’s iconic signature event and is a tradition in the true sense of the word. The Community Lanterns Project celebrates 27 years of bringing light to the hearts the of Lismore community. The Community Lanterns Project provides opportunities for people to celebrate, have fun and express themselves in a creative way, while raising the profile of their local charities and community organisations, and the businesses supporting them.


This year the theme is INNOVATION INSPIRATION REGENERATION celebrating the real-world innovation, creativity and resilience of our community and the positive effect we can have on our future and on our environment.

be inspired and dress up

Join the parade in your favorite innovative costumes,



The Community Lanterns Project aims to provide opportunities for people to celebrate, have fun and express themselves in a creative way, whilst raising the profile of their local charities and community organisations, and the businesses supporting them.

Once again this year we face a massive curved ball challenge – the COVID pandemic is still with us, and Public Health Orders do not permit us to have the parade on the street. With the support of the North Coast Show Society we have moved to the Lismore Showgrounds, with a limited capacity - allowing the sale of 5,000 tickets. These will be on sale around the 10 May (spread the word!)

As the parade and Fiery Finale are held in the Showground's main arena, we are limited in numbers,  participants in the Community Lantern Project will receive free passes (tickets/wristbands), up to a maximum of 10 participants, more people must be by arrangement. Everyone MUST be registered and abide by all the COVID regulations.


We look to the community to support us and become involved - an event where everyone can immerse themselves in the magic of our wonderful Lantern Parade. WE do so hope you will join us this year as we return from the dark days of the pandemic.


Community groups or businesses nominate to participate in the parade by completing the registration form below. Once the booking has been confirmed the community group is responsible for carrying the LightnUp feature lantern/s.


Generally, each feature lantern requires up to 6 people to carry, with opportunity for another 4 to 6 people people (more by negotiation) to join in the parade with small lanterns, musical instruments, fairy lights, and costumes to this year's theme innovation inspiration regeneration  to add to the celebratory atmosphere.


If you are a Community group you can approach a business to sponsor you or nominate your group to carry a LightnUp lantern/s, or if you are a local business you can also nominate yourself or partner with a community group you would like to support.


We will find a lantern that fits with your organisation or you nominate your favourite lantern to carry. A placard bearing the name of the sponsor and/or the community group is carried in front of the lanterns, this will be provided by the Lantern Parade. Final numbers of participants in the group must be provided prior to the event and you will be provided with wristbands. The community lantern sponsors and organisations are acknowledged in the media, on the parade website and the dedicated Lantern Parade Facebook page.


The cost to participate is $412.50 (including $37.50 gst) which includes a feature lantern + 6 pyramid  lanterns which you can decorate yourselves, all little lanterns include LED candles. A tax invoice will be sent to you once your application has been approved.


If there is a reason to not be in the parade because of financial constraints, please contact Jyllie Jackson, Festival Director, to discuss.


Please note all parade participants must be registered, (up to 10 adult lanterneers) to receive a wristband, which provides access to the backstage and arena areas. Details on your group's registration will be sent to you once you are approved.

Bring tarps or a cushion to sit on the ground and warm clothes. Camp chairs can be placed in the designated area.

more info

Jyllie Jackson

CEO / Festival Director
02 6622 6333 or 0412 732 102

If you would like to participate in this wonderful community event please complete the online registration below. (If the registration form is not here  yet, please send us an email with your request)

register here
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