Image: Photography by Natsky
2020 sees the Lismore Lantern Parade celebrate 26 years of bringing light to the heart of the city, last year thousands and thousands of people lined the streets and cheered the parade as it danced along. What a wonderful night!
Many of this year’s students’ parents were probably at school themselves when the parade first started - what a wonderful intergenerational heritage we have created for our community!
We love the participation of so many schools in the lantern parade, it is a special moment in the lives of the children in our community, when they can proudly walk along in front of thousands of happy faces carrying the bee-autiful lantern they created themselves.
This year in keeping with our Beeish theme we have designed THREE new lantern designs - a bee, a flower and an old fashioned bee-hive, as well as the traditional pyramid, which is recommended for younger grades, and we will also deliver to you as pre-made lanterns. You need to register HERE to BOOK your workshop/s. (More than one workshop or lantern design will require seperate Registrations, sorry)
Of course, there are lots of other ways to participate in the parade and the festival itself, such as running a fundraising stall at the market, or providing activities in the KidsArtFest. The Library will set up exhibitions of school students’ stories, poems or artwork. Make up a percussion band to walk in the parade. Or you could perform in the Fiery Finale! You are really only limited by your imagination. Send us an email and let us know what you want to do.
Every year it seems we have to change something - flooded parklands, renovated sports fields, always something. We love the challenge of change it keeps us all on our toes. And this year is no different, and we are very excited. The Fiery Finale will be returning to its long-time home down by the river at Riverside Park, which means the parade will start in the heart of the city near the Quad in Harold Fredericks Car Park and wend its colourful way down to the riverside.
In order to keep the lantern parade viable, and pay our bills, the park will be fenced, and we will have a small charge for people to sit and watch the finale. If you have purchased a lantern you will receive two wrist bands. One for the lantern maker and one adult for entry into the park for the finale. Extra wristbands at a discounted price can be ordered closer to the parade through your school. General entry tickets will be available online from late April.
Book your lantern workshop now.