Lighting the way: Preparing for this year’s Lismore Lantern Parade are (from left) Lighten Up volunteer and eight-year parade veteran Justine Rose, event organiser Jyllie Jackson, parade finale director Elly Bird, fire artist Tom Allsbury and volunteer Yoko Watson.
Lighting the way: Preparing for this year’s Lismore Lantern Parade are (from left) Lighten Up volunteer and eight-year parade veteran Justine Rose, event organiser Jyllie Jackson, parade finale director Elly Bird, fire artist Tom Allsbury and volunteer Yoko Watson. Jay Cronan

Public enlightened on parade

THE Lismore Lantern Parade was officially launched last night by organisers and Lismore City councillors, including mayor Jenny Dowell.

Preparations for this year’s parade have been under way for months and the lantern workshop is full, with volunteers working hard on huge, complex lanterns of all shapes and sizes.

The launch at Caddies Coffee Company in Lismore did not mark the actual start of parade preparations, but got locals excited about the event being only five weeks away.

Lantern parade volunteer Yoko Watson jumped on board to help make lanterns for the parade last year and is more than happy to put her artistic skills to good use again.

“I am an artist and I wanted to work with that creative aspect,” she said.

“I am currently working on a couple of bird lanterns and I want to make a larger bird as well.

“It’s not very difficult. The entire experience makes it easier.”

Lantern Parade organisers have been running workshops for young and old all across town, but organisers are still more than willing to accept more volunteers who don’t mind dabbling in a bit of craftsmanship.

The Lismore Lantern Parade is scheduled for Saturday, June 26, and will snake through streets in the CBD.

Festival organiser Jyllie Jackson said the launch created some awareness about the parade.

“It is just announcing that it is happening and we are presenting the posters for the event, which are beautiful,” Ms Jackson said.

“Caddies is in the heart of the city. When we originally created the lantern parade, one of the reasons was to light the heart of the city and one of the themes this year is to go back to our roots.”

Anyone wanting to volunteer can call 6622 6333.



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