The Parade

Where is the lantern parade?

The lantern parade will travel through the Lismore Central Business District. The fine weather plan is to start the parade as follows:

  • PARADE PARTICIPANTS & Official Marshalls assemble in VICTORIA STREET beside the Skatepark from 4.30pm. Parade departs at 5.30pm sharp.
  • For GENERAL PUBLIC the Parade will commence at 5.30pm at the corner of Market & Molesworth Streets. Travelling along Magellan and Keen Streets and turn into Rural Street entering Fredericks Carpark.
  • The Parade will then travel through the car park towards the Library and the Quad, exiting through the Conservatorium Car Park Gates and travel east along Magellan Street (through the Lantern Carnovale) and re-enter Federicks Car Park where the lanterns will be deposited.
  • Families reunite at this point.
  • Some lanterns will remain in the Quad for display and a selfie opportunities.
  • The Fiery Finale will follow the parade and there will be a reserved area for parade participants in the car park. Please be thoughtful of small children and sit down so everyone can see.
  • There will be a large screen in the Quad to see the Finale.

Is there a lantern parade route available?

Yes, there is a map outlining the parade route. The map is available here.

Can I participate in the parade?

Yes, you can participate in the parade. Simple lanterns to decorate will be on sale ($15each) at the Kids ArtsFest in the Quad on 22 June. This workshop space will run from 10am-4pm, or until we run out of lanterns! So make sure you get in early to avoid any disappointment. Once the lanterns are decorated you can join the Parade for assembly in VICTORIA STREET next to the Skate park by 5pm for the parade, which leaves at 5.30pm your Group will be identified as General Public.

Can I join the parade without a lantern?

NO, sorry you must be a registered lantern carrier or a supervising adult.

Can I bring my own lantern?

NO, sorry. You can make your own lantern as part of the KidsArtFest, a LightnUp workshop or Community Lantern Project. Our Public Liability Insurance requires that ALL lanterns must be
 approved by the Lantern Parade organisers prior to the parade.

Where is the best place to watch the parade in the street?

There is almost 3km of frontage to the parade. Best viewing spots are anywhere along the parade route from Molesworth, Magellan and Keen Streets. There are additional viewing spots along the route in Fredricks Car Park and the Quad, with a big video screen to see all the detail. You can download the parade route map here.

What time does it start and finish?

The day's activities commence at 10am in the Lismore Quad and Magellan Street.
The Creative Way is in Carrington Street and the Back Ally Gallery from 10am – 6pm.

The Buskers’ Festival is from 10am – 2pm throughout the Lismore CBD.
The parade starts at 5.30pm.
The parade is scheduled to arrive at Fredricks Car Park at approx 6pm.
The parade will walk through Fredericks Car Park, the Quad and Magellan Street so you can see all the lanterns.
The finale will start at 6.45ish and finish at approximately 7.30pm.

Is there a charge to watch the lantern parade?

The lantern parade in the street is a free community event, however donations are gratefully received, as fundraising contributes significantly to the viability of the event.

Identified Donation Collectors 'The Queen of Heart’s Bucketeers' and the 'Star Wars’ Renectotors' will be walking around in the parade. Please give generously to keep this event alive. If we received a donation from every audience member this event will continue to grow and be nurtured by our volunteers and event team.

EFOY Tax deductable donations are available through the website here.

Fiery Finale

Do you have special facilities for People with Special Needs such as wheel chairs?

In partnership with Lismore City Council we are pleased to provide an Accessible Viewing Area for people with special needs and requiring wheelchair access. There is signage for the area near Grandstand B and assistance is available.

What should I bring to the lantern parade finale?

Blankets, tarps or camp chairs to sit on the grass or ground in the Quad and Frederick’s Car Park. Tickets to the Grandstand seats are available by booking online here.

Will there be Fireworks?

Yes, there will be a fireworks display over Oakes Oval between 7pm – 7.15pm approximately. Please keep your beloved pets indoors or a secure area, so they don’t get spooked.

Where will the Fiery Finale take place?

The Fiery Finale will take place in Fredericks Car Park. There will not be general entry to watch the Fiery Finale this year, however, donations will be gratefully accepted. Donation Collectors will be station near the entrances to the Quad and the Car park, you will recognise them by their fabulous Playing Card costumes.Ticketed seating in the Grandstands is available through the website here.


Will there be food available for sale?

Yes, Lismore has many excellent cafes and restaurants; 
and fabulous food vendors who will be set up in the Market delight Street Dining area in Magellan Street and in the Quad.

How can I be involved?

There are so many ways that you can participate in the Lismore Lantern Parade. Please see how you can participate on 'Be Involved' section on the home page.

Do you have a Festival Site map?

Yes, the Festival Site Map is available on the website here.

Do you have a Parade Route Map?

Yes, the Parde Route Map is available on the website here.

Will the parade be on if it is raining on the day?

The Lantern Parade will go ahead unless there is torrential rain. Organisers will review the weather conditions and determine whether or not the parade will proceed at approximately 2pm on 22 June 2019. If you are unsure you can contact the Lismore Visitor Information Centre on 1300 369 795 or return to this website for an update.

Will there be any road closures on the day?

Yes, there will be some road closures. The CBD will only be closed for the parade between 4.30pm and 6.30pm on Magellan Street between Keen St and Dawson Street and Rural Street will be closed all day. For full deatilas bout road closures and parking restriction see more information on the website here.

Where can I park?

There are lots of car parks in the Lismore CBD. Contact the Lismore Visitor Centre on 02 6626 0100.

289 Keen Street, Lismore
NSW, Australia
+61 2 6622 6333

0412 732 102


ABN 12 605 767 294

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