FIRED UP: Lantern Parade workers (from left) Karen Coyle, Jon-o Beresford and Kate McDonald make last-minute preparations.
FIRED UP: Lantern Parade workers (from left) Karen Coyle, Jon-o Beresford and Kate McDonald make last-minute preparations.

Lanterns to light up Lismore

By Brian Bigg news@northernstar.com.au FEVERISH preparations are under way to make tonight's Lismore Lantern Parade something we can all be proud of. More than 25,000 people are expected to brave the chilly night to celebrate the Winter Solstice through the streets of Lismore to the final location alongside the Wilson River. International visitors and people from around Australia have been pouring into town for the spectacular event. This year's parade, with the theme of Re-Enchanting the Dream, will be broadcast on big screens around the site so no one misses out on a good view. Lismore's own composer, Dr Fred Cole, has again created an original score. The Dream Song to feature at the end of the finale is a choral piece composed by Lismore musician Kath McMillan. The piece was arranged by choir master Bruce McNiccoll, sung by Isabella Accapella, and Nick Chislett recorded it for Fred Cole to include in his original score for Re-enchanting the Dream. There is also an all-day fair planned for the day of the parade, which will feature some of our famous gourmet food products, live entertainment, and art and crafts from around the Northern Rivers area. The Lismore Lantern Parade truly has become a blazing jewel in the social and cultural calendar of the region. If you're coming, come early, dress warmly, bring a blanket and a few gold coins for a donation.



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