FULL OF LIFE AND LIGHT: Dylan O’Brien was one of the students who helped create Lismore Pre-school’s entries in this coming weekend’s Lismore Lantern Parade.
FULL OF LIFE AND LIGHT: Dylan O’Brien was one of the students who helped create Lismore Pre-school’s entries in this coming weekend’s Lismore Lantern Parade. Marc Stapelberg

What's on offer at the Lismore Lantern Parade

COMMUNITY groups will make a big song and dance of the 21st Lismore Lantern Parade on Saturday.

With three times more musical entries in the parade than previous years and a big gypsy-electro after-party organised at Oakes Oval, this year's festival pumps up the volume.

Pre-school student Poppy Andre will shake the rain stick at this year’s Lantern Parade when Lismore Preschool partakes in the annual event.
Pre-school student Poppy Andre will shake the rain stick at this year’s Lantern Parade when Lismore Preschool partakes in the annual event. Marc Stapelberg

Festival director Jyllie Jackson said school groups such as South Lismore Public, Richmond River and Kyogle High Schools would be literally marching to the beat of their own drums for the first time this year.

Local sea-shanty scallywags The Buton Collective, who got their start at the Lantern Parade, will return to headline the Carnivale Stage Party on Carrington street, which runs from midday to 9pm.

For the first time, the ticketed fiery finale at Oakes Oval will culminate in a community dance party around the fire. All ticket-holders will be able to boogie to 12-piece street band The Unusual Suspects.

Their repertoire includes Balkan Gypsy style pieces exploring dance grooves in varied time signatures.

PARADE BANDS

  • The Lismore City Pipe Band
  • The Unusual Suspects
  • The Southies Drummers (South Lismore PS)\
  • Richmond River High School Percussion Group
  • Ukeyloveys
  • Redlands Ladies Drum Corps
  • The Northern Rivers Co Band Conservatorium Parade Ensemble
  • St Mary's Casino Junk
  • Kyogle High School Band
  • Samba Blisstas
  • From 10am to 4pm, the NR Conservatorium presents concerts and buskers on Magellan Street.


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