Full moon lights a fiery finale at Lantern Parade

IT was Lismore's big night on Saturday as the 19th Lismore Lantern Parade closed streets and filled Oakes Oval with children and adults alike, all hanging out for their chance to spot their favourite lanterns.

Around 20,000 people lined the streets before flowing into Oakes Oval to watch the parade and finale, which saw hundreds of local people from schools, charities, community groups and more participate in one of Lismore's undisputed largest events of the year.

There were, as usual, a large variety of lanterns, ranging from animals to mystical creatures, to traditional diamond lanterns and complex creations needing a handful of people to carry them.

One of the main attractions was the top-secret lantern, the biggest ever to grace the parade.

It was revealed to be a massive ark, complete with fish swimming along behind it.

Brooke Gallagher and her children Hannah, 13, Jesse, 11, and Luella, 9,  of Alstonville, attend the parade every year and said they enjoyed it again this year very much - especially the unicorn lantern.

Jason Haigh and his daughter Jessie-Rose, 2, were enjoying the show down at Oakes Oval, although they had to fight their way to find a spot with a good view.

Hong Kong, exchange students Vivian Chan,  and Ann Wang, said they were very glad they had the chance to watch the lantern parade and said they'd never seen anything like it before.

The show all finished with fiery finale at Oakes Oval where dancers from Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre,  performed as local musicians filled the grounds with music.

Character and animal lanterns weaved around the field, accompanied by fire sticks, smoking sticks and even two birds made out of fire.

It all ended with the aforementioned ark, the biggest lantern in the parade's history, went up in flames as fireworks exploded in the sky beneath the full moon.


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