Artist Lara Jackson of Lismore.
Artist Lara Jackson of Lismore. Jacklyn Wagner

Fiery finale to parade

TWO firework-breathing dragons will be the centrepiece of this year's Lismore Lantern Parade finale, and director Jyllie Jackson wants everyone to see them.

"We're doing the most amazing finale at this year's parade and I really encourage everybody to stay for it. It really is a world-class show," she said.

The two dragons, affectionately known as Mr and Mrs Dragon, are 12.5 metres high, which Ms Jackson points out is the height of a three-storey building. They are made from recycled materials, predominantly plywood and old pieces of timber, and will be attached to two old power poles.

The fire event finale will take place in Riverside Park beside the Ballina Street Bridge and entry is by donation.
Ms Jackson said there were 80 to 100 people involved in the show and they were still looking for more people to get involved.

With only three weeks until the big event on June 21, she said the mood at the lantern workshop was surprisingly calm.

More than 1000 are expected to take part, including six bands.


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