Lucy Broomhall (left) and Celeste Toonen, of Lismore, with the rest ofthe Innana’s Temple Dancers, showed off their belly-dancing skills while taking part in the Lismore Lantern Parade.
Lucy Broomhall (left) and Celeste Toonen, of Lismore, with the rest ofthe Innana’s Temple Dancers, showed off their belly-dancing skills while taking part in the Lismore Lantern Parade. Marc Stapelberg

Weird, wacky and wonderful

THE Lismore Lantern Parade is a chance for people of all sizes, ages and shapes to let go of their inhibitions and embrace the weird, the wacky and the wonderful.

And for the Inanna’s Temple Dancers of Lismore that meant the opp-ortunity to embrace all things woman.

“It’s a nice experience for women of all shapes and sizes to embrace their beauty and dance,” belly dance teacher Francis Jones said.

“It’s about appreciating your body.

“I have two daughters here who have been belly dancing since they were eight years old.”

Belly dancer Rose Barr said they made all their costumes during “bitch and stitch” sessions.

“It was enjoyable to make them but it took hours and hours,” she said.

“We would practice and have a run through of the choreography, eat together, sew our costumes and chat.”

The belly dancers were wrapped in fairy lights, chiffon and Indian-inspired fabrics as they carried a huge paper genie lamp through the lantern parade.

The prized lantern was cared for by the “genie of the lamp”, 12-year-old Rhiannon Montague-Elliott.

“It’s great to see all the friendly faces in the crowd when you are walking in the parade,” she said.

The belly dancers were one group of many who showcased their creativity at the Lismore Lantern Parade on Saturday night.

While there was a general buzz of excitement across the entire CBD as the parade kicked off just after sunset, some had more reason to celebrate than others.

Chelsea Mills celebrated her 16th birthday by participating in the event with 17 of her fairy classmates.

The Kyogle High School student donned fairy wings, a blinding amount of glitter and colourful lights alongside her fellow Year 9 to 12 drama class students.

With all the entertainment and hysteria going on around her, Chelsea thought it was a pretty good way to spend her birthday.

“We shaped the wire for the wings, paper-mached them and then sewed on all the lights. Every drama lesson was devoted to this but it got a bit frantic at the end,” she said.

Friend Peppa Vine, 15, said it was great to be able to make and wear their own designs.



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