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The Lantern Parade simply could not operate without the generous support of its wonderful volunteers. Volunteers have the opportunity to work alongside the The LightnUp Team to deliver this exciting signature event. Whether you are an experienced volunteer or just starting out, volunteering is a great way to help others, meet new people, build new skills, experience new challenges, build up work experience and make an extraordinary contribution to our local community.

Experience is not necessary and whatever skills you have to offer we would greatly appreciate.

Please note that training is provided.

Pre-event and

ongoing throughout the year

Making & repairing lanterns & props

  • Patching, fixing & decorating the lanterns

  • Covering small and large lanterns with paper and /or fabric

  • Painting lantern bases and props

  • Selecting, fitting and labeling carry poles

  • Make candle holders and hooks

  • Cutting out shapes for decorating lanterns

  • Make lanterns under direction, once experienced design your own

  • Assist with making fire rope and constructing fire effects

Lantern workshops (school & community)

  • Travel to schools and groups with coordinator to assist with workshops

  • Assist with preparation for school workshops (see above)

  • Good communication and people skills are essential

  • A Working With Children Check is essential, available from NSW Service Centre - online



  • Assist with data entry, promotional packages, mail outs etc

  • Answer phone, take bookings for workshops; lantern carrier sign ups

  • Poster and flyer distribution around Lismore and Northern Rivers area

  • Prepare lanyards, schedules, photocopying

  • Prepare wristbands for collection


General & domestic

  • Make lunches for workers and volunteers (final week prior to event)

  • Maintain cleanliness of the kitchen and toilet areas

  • Tidy workshop

  • Assist with ground maintenance (odd jobs and whipper snippering)

  • Fixing shelves and repairing work areas


Set up for the Fiery Finale

  • Help construct the Main Image, set, bonfire, fire props

  • Set up LFX, sound

  • Design and build the Ceremonial Gates

  • Assist set up of perimeter and safety fences


In the Fiery Finale 

  • Dance performance

  • Fire Choreography

  • Carry lanterns

  • Assist with light and sound

On the day

  • Help set up road closures TC ticket required

  • Drive lanterns to and from the assembly point - own vehicle with tow bar required

  • Drive lanterns in our vehicles between Lantern Shed/Workshop and Assembly Point

  • Set up in Magellan Street

  • Help with Finale site set up

  • Assist preparation of parade assembly area

  • Assist with lantern decorating

  • At parade assembly directing people, answering questions, laying out lanterns for the parade, under supervision of parade manager

  • Handing out LED candles and carry sticks

  • Cleaning up the assembly area after parade leaves

  • Parade marshaling

  • Carry a lantern in the parade - nice to do in a group of friends

  • Assist with parade assembly before it departs

  • Participate in the finale

  • Survey festival goers

Post Parade

  • Help transport lanterns back to the workshop

  • General site clean up - assembly and finale site

  • Packing down fences and gateways

  • Return fences to Baseball Fields

  • Clean up fire pit area

  • Clean up at the workshop 

  • Sort and pack away lanterns

  • Send out thank you certificates

  • Assist in report writing

  • Assist with survey collation and evaluation

  • Assist with the return of hire goods

  • Assist with the return of sponsor banners etc

  • Assist with filing, administration to finalise event activities

Specialised Roles

• Traffic controllers with current NSW TICKETS for Saturday 24th June

• VANS, UTES and TRUCKS for the period of the parade 4pm - 6.30pm staying with vehicle for Traffic Management’s Hostile Vehicle Mitigation

• A team to help deliver lanterns from the workshop to Magellan Street Assembly area Saturday 22nd June 9.30am - 12.30pm

• 9.30am - 12.30pm on SUNDAY 25 June to return the lanterns home. Utes and trailers welcome, but helping hands to LIFT and CARRY (really important too)

• help to clean up the site of the fiery finale and derig the fire props Sunday 23rd June and Monday 24th June 9.30am. Meet at the Riverside Car Park, Victoria Street.

More Information

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 volunteer registration below. 

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