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  • How can I be involved?
    We run lots of workshops and opportunities to participate over the months leading up to the lantern parade in June. Community Groups, Individuals and Businesses can participate in the Community Lantern Project. Contact the Lantern Workshop for details <> for details. The Lantern Parade does urgently need volunteers to help set up the festival from NOW ON, and of course PACK DOWN too! Check out 'be involved' > Volunteer
  • Will there be food available for sale?
    Yes, Lismore has many fabulous local food vendors who will be set up in the Market deLight, in the HEART of the city along Carrington and Magellan Streets. Food will be on sale from 12noon until 8.30pm. Some hot food and drink will be on sale in the Winter Warmers for the Fiery Finale from 5pm The Lantern Parade is an alcohol free event.
  • Do you have a Parade Route Map?
    The Lantern Parade will assemble on Magellan Street between Dawson Street and Keen Street, outside the Library. 4.30pm - 5.30pm The Parade will depart at 5.30pm and travel along Magellan Street to Molesworth Street, it turns right at the Memorial Baths, and the left down Victoria Street, past the Skate Ramp and into Riverside Park. Audience is invited to watch the Fiery Finale on the slope in the park. Please bring warm rugs or tarps to sit on so everyone can see. Please check out the map 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 24 June 2023. If you are unsure you can return to this website for an update.
  • Will there be any road closures on the day?
    There will be some road closures along the parade route between 4pm and 6.30pm A map showing these closures will be published in late April 2023. PLUS Friday 23th June @ 12 noon - 12am 25 June Carrington Street between Magellan Street and the carpark entrance will be CLOSED to erect the HEARTBEATS Stage Saturday 24 June from 6am - 7.30pm Magellan Street between Keen Street and Dawson Street. Saturday 24 June from 6am - 11.00pm Carrington Street - County Lane to Magellan St and Magellan Street between Molesworth Street - Keen Street CARPARKS Riverside Park Car Park Boat Ramp Car Park 23 June from 6am - 25 June 6pm ROAD CLOSURES Saturday 24 June 2023
  • Where can I park?
    There is ample FREE parking around the Lismore CBD and Council car parks. EXCEPT Riverside Carpark - closed ALL day 23-25 June Boat Ramp Car Park - closed ALL day 23 - 25 June
  • What about Lost Children and First Aid?
    LOST CHILDREN SAFE SPACES In the Market deLight - Lost Children will be taken to the Festival Site and Information Office. There will be a Lost Children Safe Space at the Fiery Finale in the car park next to the First Aid post. The Lost Children Safe Space will be staffed by qualified child care workers with current WWCC . FIRST AID St John's Ambulance will have a First Aid post in the Market deLight and in the Riverside Park car park .
  • Where is the lantern parade?
    The Lantern Parade will travel from the Lismore CBD to Riverside Park The parade assembles in Magellan Street between Dawson and Keen Streets, please DO NOT GATHER in this area whilst the parade is in preparation 4.30pm - 5.30pm The Parade will depart at 5.30pm and travel along MAGELLAN Street to MOLESWORTH Street. It will turn right at the MEMORIAL BATHS and travel along MARKET Street. The Parade will then turn LEFT down VICTORIA Street. And travel into Riverside Park. General Public can enter the park to watch the parade and finale along the path over the levee bank or through the entry to the carpark. Please do not enter the area under the bridge.
  • Is there a lantern parade route available?
    The Lantern Parade route will be up on the website in early May. The route starts along Magellan Street between Keen and Molesworth St. Turning right along Molesworth Street. Then down Market Street passed the Memorial Baths. Turn left into Victoria Street. And into Riverside Park.
  • 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 in the Market deLight. This decorating workshop space will run from 1pm - 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 Magellan Street 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 only to join the parade. CARRY a FEATURE LANTERN in the PARADE Email <> or CALL 0412 732 102 Join our crew of VOLUNTEERS <www.lanternparade.come/beinvolved>
  • Can I join the parade without a lantern?
    You must be a volunteer, a registered lantern carrier or a supervising adult. Contact the Lantern Parade <> or check out <Get Involved - Volunteer> on this website
  • Can I bring my own lantern?
    NO, sorry. You can make your own lantern as part of the Lantern Decorating 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 and be REGISTERED.
  • Where is the best place to watch the parade?
    You can watch the Parade anywhere along the parade route or see the feature lanterns in Riverside Park as a part of the Finale.
  • What time does it start and finish?
    The day's activities commence at 12noon in the Lismore CBD - Market deLight, Magellan Street and Carrington Street. The Heartbeats Festival Stage will fire up at 12pm until 9.00pm The parade starts at 5.30pm from Magellan Street The finale will start at 6.30ish and finish at approximately 7.015pm. There will be lots of FOOD, ACTIVITIES and fantastic MUSIC available in the Market deLight - Carrington Street - PARTY on until 9.00pm with our very own Jimmy Willing and his band!
  • Is there a charge to watch the lantern parade?
    The Lismore Lantern Parade is FREE, however we would REALLY APPRECIATE your generous donations to help cover our costs and make up all our losses from the Great Floods in February 2022 You can make a DONATION to the Lantern Parade at any BRANCH of the SUMMERLAND CREDIT UNION. or at The DONATION WISHING WELL in the Market deLight during the festival AND There will be BUCKETEERS throughout the Parade Route or The STAR WARS 51st Legion are also authorised DONATION Collectors or Head to our DONATE page here on the Website. THANK YOU SO MUCH
  • What should I bring to the lantern parade finale?
    THE FIERY FINALE is beside the river in Riverside Park. We invite general public to sit on the hill to watch the finale. Bring warm blankets/cushions to SIT on (or low beach chairs) People sitting on regular folding chairs will be requested to site at the top of the slope, so everyone can see. Please be thoughtful to others in the space Bring warm clothes as it will be cold! The traditional Charity Winter Warmers will be selling some basic hot food and drinks. Remember to come to the festival early and enjoy the day there is so much to do .... it is an all day festival starting at 12noon
  • Will there be Fireworks?
    Yes, there will be a low key fireworks display, mostly close proximity fountains, as a part of the Fiery Finale between 6.30pm – 7.00pm approximately and a bonfire. However, please keep your beloved pets indoors or in a secure area, so they don’t get spooked. Please do not bring them to the parade, there will be a lot of people!
  • Where will the Fiery Finale take place?
    The Fiery Finale will be held in RIVERSIDE PARK, Victoria Street. The VIEWING AREA is best sitting on the hill in the park. Walk up the path over the Levee Bank and into the viewing area Please do not enter the area under Ballina Street Bridge or the Boat Ramp Car Park.
  • Are there Accessible Facilities? What about Lost Children? Or First Aid?
    There is disabled parking throughout the CBD and in the Heritage Park carpark. There is a special needs toilet in the block at the Riverside Park carpark and in the CBD We will have a small VIEWING AREA for people with MOBILITY needs, in the Riverside for the Fiery Finale. This area is ticketed (Free) and bookings are essential. Phone number to be confirmed A MOBILITY DROP OFF area will be available, by arrangement ONLY An Auslan Interpreter will be available at the Fiery Finale. LOST CHILDREN There is a LOST CHILDREN SAFE SPACE and retrieval tent for lost kids and adults! It is situated in the RIVERSIDE PARK car park near the FIRST AID Tent. The Lost Kids Safe Space will be staffed by qualified child care personnel with current Working with Children Checks.(WWCC) FIRST AID A St John's Ambulance post will be in Market deLight and another in Riverside Park in the car park clearly signed.
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