Where is the lantern parade?
The lantern parade will walk around the Showground Main Arena.
• GENERAL ADMISSION ticket holders can gather around the outside of the arena, there
are some simple bleachers on a first come first seated basis.
Please remember social distancing.
• GRANDSTAND ticket holders - after spending a great day in the festival, you make your
way to the Grandstand you have booked - A (chairs), B (concrete benches, bring a
cushion & blanket) and C the Mini Grandstand (also concrete, no roof bring cushion
Make your way to your seat, there are only seat reservations for Bus Groups.
You will have a great view!
- PARADE PARTICIPANTS & Official Marshalls assemble in the area behind the Main Arena. You will have received a wristband which entitles you to entry to the parade assembly area. Head for the Assembly area at 4.30pm. Parade departs at 5.30pm sharp. You should have received information on the process, if you haven't call Virginia on 0429990671
- Families reunite at this point.
- The Fiery Finale will follow the parade and there will be a reserved area for parade participants. Please be thoughtful of small children and sit down so everyone can see.
Is there a lantern parade route available?
Yes, it is contained within the Showground Main Arena, there is a map outlining the parade route on the Festival Site Map.
Can I participate in the parade?
Yes, you can participate in the parade. Simple lanterns to decorate will be on sale ($15 each) at the in the Lantern Decorating Area.
This workshop space will run from 11am-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 ibehind the Main Arena by 5pm for the parade, which leaves at 5.30pm your Group will be identified as General Public.
Purchasing one lantern entitles the decorator and one adult to join the parade.
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 and COVID Health Orders requires that ALL lanterns must be approved by the Lantern Parade organisers prior to the parade and REGISTERED prior to the festival.
Where is the best place to watch the parade?
In the Grandstands of course, but otherwise find a spot around the perimiter, remember your SOCIAL DISTANCING and allow little people to see.
There will be some bleachers on a first come first seated basis - be kind, be safe.
What time does it start and finish?
IT IS AN ALL DAY PROPER FESTIVAL
The day's activities commence at 11am at the Lismore Showground, Dunoon Road.
All activities are in the Showground at no extra charge, except Lantern Decorating, and some workshops.
The Program is on the Lismore Lantern Parade website <what's></what's>
The parade starts at 5.30pm in the Main arena
The finale will start at 6.45ish and finish at approximately 7.30pm.
The Heartbeats Festival Stage, Market deLight and other events continue until 9.00pm
Is there a charge to watch the lantern parade?
Your General Admission or Grandstand ticket gives you access to watch the parade and fiery finale and the regenEXPO and everything else at the festival!
What should I bring to the lantern parade finale?
Blankets, tarps or camp chairs to sit on the grass or concrete benches.
Bring warm clothes as it can get cold!
Remember to come early and enjoy the day there is so much to do .... it is an all day festival starting at 11am.
The Gates could get congested, it would be a shame to miss the finale.
Will there be Fireworks?
Yes, there will be a fireworks display within the Main Arena as a part of the Fiery Finale between 6.30pm – 7.15pm approximately.
We will aim to keep the loud reports to the minimum, if at all.
However, please keep your beloved pets indoors or a secure area, so they don’t get spooked.
Where will the Fiery Finale take place?
Will there be food available for sale?
Yes, Lismore has many fabulous local food vendors who will be set up in the Market deLight, once you have entered the Showgrounds you have access to everything .
How can I be involved?
We have run lots of workshops and opportunities to participate over the last few months, however, these activities have now closed.
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?
This year the Lantern Parade will be held within the Main Arena at the Lismore Showgrounds.
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 19 June 2021. If you are unsure you can return to this website for an update.
Will there be any road closures on the day?
The only road closure will be the 'road reserve' next to the Showgrounds.
There will be parking restrictions along Alexandra Parade and Dunoon Road.
Please respect the local residents and do not park in front of their driveways.
Where can I park?
There is ample FREE parking within the Showgrounds.
ENTRY is off Dunnoon Road, please take care entering and leaving the Showgrounds.
Our Traffic Management Plan does not permit parking on the roadside along Alexandra Parade and Dunoon Road.
Try and Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles in the area.
Local SES members will assist you.
Do I have to pay to enter anywhere else in the Showgrounds?
What about buses?
Do I have to pay to see the REGENexpo and Hivemind?
No, entry to the REGENexpo and Hivemind is FREE.
Can I leave the festival and come back in again?
YES, you can get a pass out/wristband from the gate as you leave.
Are there Accessible Facilities?
There will be disabled parking through the front gate off Alexander Parade from 11.30am.
in the Farmers Market area to the LEFT, please be aware of the stall holders who may still be packing up.
We have an area for people with accessibility needs, go up the ramp in front of the Shpwground Office in front of the regenExpo, please contact the Lantern Parde if you require a seat.
There are Accessible toilets available at the Showgrounds near Gate 3 (see Festival site map)
Dine and Discover Vouchers
Can I use my Dine & Discover Vouchers to buy tickets to the Festival?
YES, for pre-purchase tickets only.