Patrick Gorbunovs

Lantern Parade calls for local performers and vollies

LISMORE Lantern Parade organisers are calling on local performers and volunteers to help make this year's event the biggest and brightest yet.

Founder Jyllie Jackson said at least another 30 people were needed for the Fiery Finale and about 130 more to help carry the lanterns.

"In keeping with the grand scale of this year's event, we want to have more people involved in the finale than ever before," she said.

Ms Jackson said participants get the benefit of being involved in something significant.

This year will mark the Lismore Lantern Parade's 20th anniversary.

To celebrate the milestone event on June 21, Ms Jackson said this year's theme will be "a wander back over the years".

"The theme is just a little trip down memory lane of the lantern parade finales that we've done over those years," she said. "It's sort of going back to our roots with the solstice theme. The main image is referen-cing the very first lantern parade."

The Lismore Lantern Parade was started in 1994 by a group of local artists and performers as a way to showcase creativity on the Northern Rivers and combat antisocial behaviour and economic decline in the Lismore CBD.

This year's Fiery Finale will include larger than life lanterns, illuminated sculptures, costumes, fire-art, pyrotechnics, parade bands and performers.

Each year more than 3000 people participate in the lantern workshops and more than 25,000 people turn out to watch the parade.

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