Rainbow capes by South Australian artist Evelyn Roth will be featured in this year's Tropical Fruits parade.
Rainbow capes by South Australian artist Evelyn Roth will be featured in this year's Tropical Fruits parade. Contributed

Rainbow capes the right attire for Tropical Fruits

SOUTH Australian artist Evelyn Roth will be showcasing some of her wearable art in this year's Tropical Fruits parade with rainbow capes.

The artist has been invited by Tropical Fruits Inc to showcase some of her work, with the capes and some of her inflatable sculptures to be featured during the festival.

The capes fit the theme of this year's festival: Superfreaks.

Ms Roth said the 30 capes for adults and some for children were made out of nylon with black and yellow edges in a parachute style.

"When adults wear them and hold them outwards, they are two or three meters wide each side," she said.

"Some are for children, because they can be part of the fun too, so adults and children can twirl and turn like dervishes.

"There is a variety of shapes you can make with them, you can put your arms in front of you just leaving your eyes uncovered and it looks like a rainbow burka.

"You can be very hidden and then you open up and then you can twirl in a circle of colour."

The end of the parade will mark the beginning of the Festival Opening Soiree, at Lismore City Hall, from 5.40pm to 8pm.

This new free event is also for the broader community to enjoy, and will include a welcome to country, entertainment and post-parade drinks.

Norpa's general manager, Patrick Healey, confirmed the event will be held after the parade at the City Hall.

While details of the entertainment for the soiree are still being finished, Mr Healy said Norpa is supporting Tropical Fruits to offer a community event after the traditional parade.

"We have Alan Cumming performing that evening, so we may have the bar open, cabaret, drag shows, and activate Lismore City hall so people can mingle, and meet up at the end of the parade, and that's the bit that Norpa is contributing," he said.

"This is very much for the locals and their families, with the mayor welcoming people to Lismore, and a welcome to country ceremony, and we will have spaces inside and outside the hall for people to enjoy."

The Tropical Fruits Parade will be held on Tuesday, December 29, at 4pm from the Winsome Hotel, then Bridge St, down Molesworth St to the corner of Bounty St and then into Lismore City Hall for a Community Party.



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