PROUD: This year's event coordinator Maude Boate in last year's Tropical Fruits parade.
PROUD: This year's event coordinator Maude Boate in last year's Tropical Fruits parade. Marc Stapelberg

Tropical Fruits supersize their parading superpowers

TROPICAL FRUITS has launched their program for this year's festival, with international cabaret  shows, an upgraded parade and the traditional New year's parties.

Superfreaks is the theme for the 27th festival, meaning that leotards, boots, capes, belts, masks and red undies on top of Lycra pants will be acceptable outfits.

The festival will have its official star on Tuesday, December 29, with the parade starting at 4pm from the Winsome Hotel.

Actor Alan Cumming
Actor Alan Cumming

The parade - designed for the broader community to enjoy as a free event - will travel from Bridge St, down Molesworth St to the corner of Bounty St and then into Lismore City Hall.

The end of the parade will mark the beginning of the Festival Opening Soiree, at Lismore City Hall, from 4pm 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.

South Australian artist Evelyn Roth will be featuring some of her work in the parade and the Opening Soiree.

Sings Sappy Songs is the cabaret show that Scottish-born international artist Alan Cumming is bringing to Lismore, with the first show that Tuesday from 8pm at the City hall, tickets via Norpa.

Sings Sappy Songs is a night of songs and stories, with Cumming's personal interpretations of pop and stage classics.

Cummings will be offering a second show on Wednesday, December 30, at 8pm.

Also on Thursday, international burlesque sensation Glitta Supernova will be offering her show Let's Get METAphysical at the Byron Theatre at 8pm.

The one-woman show is an autobiographical tale of a small-town hippy girl lured the late 1980s queer Sydney nightlife.

The New Year's party will be held at the Lismore Showgrounds on Thursday, December 31, from 8pm to 6am.

The party will have three dance spaces, a cabaret café, chill space and an art exhibition, plus fireworks at midnight.
DJs confirmed for this year's party are Leomeo (France), Stephen Allkins, Sveta, Dom de Sousa and Buck Naked, among others.

On Friday, January 1, the traditional Pool Party will kick off at the Lismore Memorial Baths from 10am to 4pm, with DJs Sommerville and Wilson plus L.Y.D.I.A. on decks.

The Recovery Party will then kick in from 4pm until 1.30am Saturday.

The official program to this year's festival is available online, and printed copies will be available in Lismore from this weekend.

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