2021 sees the Lismore Lantern Parade celebrate 27 years of bringing light to the heart of our community. In 2019 we celebrated our 25th anniversary, thousands and thousands of people lined the streets and cheered the parade as it danced along. What a wonderful night!
Many of the participants and audience at that Lantern Parade were probably at school themselves at the first parade – what a wonderful inter-generational heritage we have created with our community!
In 2020 we missed so many of you when we were hit by the global pandemic, but we WERE HERE, in the heart of the city with lantern installations, little ‘parades in place’ gardens, driveways and suburbs, and100s of people participated on-line in the Virtual Lantern Parade. A Zoom party linked people, many in lock down, from all over Australia, the USA, Canada and UK. Our favourite gardener Costa dropped in for a chat and to see his name sake lantern glowing away in the CBD gardens.
Every year it seems we have to change something – flooded parklands, renovating sports fields, always something. We have had to RE-IMAGINE the Lantern Parade every year for the last 5 years. We love the challenge of change it keeps us all on our toes.
In 2021, believe it or not, we are still in the grip if a pandemic – so this year is no different, due to NSW Govt COVID Public Health Orders and after a roller-coaster few months the whole event is moving to the LISMORE SHOWGROUNDS, so once again this year is no different.