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Lismore Lantern Parade and Fiery Finale 2017

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by Jules Reid de Grosbois (subscribe)
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If there is one thing guaranteed to warm you on a winter's night it's is a bonfire. On Saturday 24th of June if you come to Lismore you will experience fireworks and a bonfire along with a spectacular community Lantern Parade with incredible illuminated sculptures dancing their way through the CBD streets to the music of local bands.

Lismore Lantern Parade Family Festival
Hearts have become at part of the Parade

The Parade

In its 23rd year the 2017 Lismore Lantern Parade will celebrate the resilience of the community of Far North New South Wales.
It was less than 3 short months ago that devastating flood waters in the wake of cyclone Debbie saw the whole CBD and other low lying areas of Lismore being evacuated. Hundreds of businesses and thousands of people were forced to flee the fast moving, rising waters. This year's lantern parade will hold special significance as up to 90% of the lanterns were damaged in the flood waters and have been resurrected by LightnUp Inc team members and community volunteers.

The Parade starts from the Cnr of Market & Molesworth Streets at 5.30 pm and marches on through the Lismore CBD arriving at Oakes Oval around 6.30 pm.

For the past two years our family has taken up vantage points in Keen Street. Be warned though, the parade is a free community event and attracts tens of thousands of onlookers all vying for the best view spot. We have learned to get to the streets early with BYO chair, warm jacket, beanie and rug for the most comfortable viewing experience.

Lismore Lantern Parade Free Family Event
The illuminated lanterns are a delight for both children and those young at heart

There is a map of the route available Click here for downloadable PDF.

Expect to see carnival dancers, school children with their own creatively decorated lanterns and hear parade bands, music and street theatre. This year Pegasus, the winged horse, will lead the march.

Lismore Lantern Parade Family Festival
Pegasus - a crowd favorite leads the Parade

Fiery Finale

The Parade makes its way onto Oakes Oval at around 6.30 pm (Gates to the Oval open at 4.30 pm). You will need tickets to enter the oval. Purchase tickets here.

There is grandstand seating available at the oval and this is the absolute best viewing spot for the Fiery Finale. The fireworks are throughout the Fiery Finale show, which finishes around 7.30pm.

Bonfire Lismore Lantern Parade Fiery Finale
The warmest place to be - the bonfire at the Fiery Finale to the Lismore Lantern Parade

Winter Warmers

Amongst all the excitment of the Parade and Fiery Finale there are community food stalls set up at Oakes Oval between 4.00 - 8.00pm. You can also find arts, crafts and community market stalls in Carrington Street at Market deLight until 9.00pm.

Our family has always found the parade provides a safe and enjoyable experience.

Lismore is located in Far Northern New South Wales and is 126 Kms(1 1/2 hour drive) from the Gold Coast and 198 Kms(2 1/2 hour drive) from Brisbane.

There are many lovely places to stay in and around Lismore, Byron Bay is only 47 kms (40 mins drive) away. For more information on where to stay Click here.

You can check out Lismore Lantern Parade's Facebook Page
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Why? Lanterns, Fireworks, Bonfire; bands and food stalls
When: Parade 5.30-6.30 pm. Fiery Finale 6.30-8.00 pm.
Phone: 02 6622 6333
Where: Cnr Market & Molesworth Streets & Oakes Oval, Lismore
Cost: Parade - free to watch. Fiery Finale - Adults $12-$20, Junior $10-$15, Child 5 & Under Free
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