Laura Bensi gets her lantern ready for tomorrow’s parade.
Story & photo Melissa Hargraves
With only a slight chance of a shower, artistic director and CEO of the Lantern Parade Jyllie Jackson and her team are in full steam ahead mode for the 19th winter solstice celebrations this Saturday night in Lismore. The parade sees participation from right across the northern rivers.
For those a little weather sensitive, Jyllie has advised people to ‘rug up – you can stay in front of the fire every other night of the winter, this is such a special night and a moment of community. It is magical, particularly if you have children, they will remember it for the rest of their lives’.
The parade closes with a fiery finale at Oakes Oval which will be over by 8pm. CBD entertainment, markets and local restaurants will continue on further into the night. There are still plenty of affordably priced tickets available for the sheltered mini grandstands at the oval and spaces available on the bus from Byron. Go to http://www.lanternparade.com for further details.