Organisers of Lismore’s annual lantern parade are calling for more volunteers to help with this year’s 20th anniversary celebrations.
Parade director Jyllie Jackson said tickets for the event were selling well but more help was needed in the lead up and also on the evening.
‘We need people to do things like being marshals in the parade and we also need people during the next week or so to help make fire torches and to perform in the show,’ Ms Jackson said.
‘Anyone wanting to take part in the show will need to be able to come to rehearsals which are on Sunday, and on Thursday, 19 June, and Friday , 20 June.
She said up to 200 people would be taking part.
After winding around Lismore’s central business district, the parade will culminate with a fiery finale at Oakes Oval on 21 June.
Ms Jackson said return buses would be running rom Nimbin, Ballina, Kyogle, Alstonville, Bangalow, Byron Bay and Grafton.
Lismore city council’s tourism services coordinator Mitch Lowe said the buses provided an easy way for families to travel to and from Lismore, and last year they proved a great success.
He said entry and bus tickets were already selling like hotcakes and he urged people to book early as grandstand and bus seating was limited.
‘It’s a good idea to buy tickets now as the grandstand is selling fast. There are several other options for seating in the outer stands or even on the grass, but it’s best to get your entry tickets sooner rather than later,’ he said.
For bus and entry ticket bookings along with information on deals and event packages visit www.lanternparade.com or phone 1300 369 795.
For those looking for a warm up event to Saturday’s parade, South Lismore fashion designer Jeht Burgoyne will be hosting a ‘Winter Wonderland’ fashion extravaganza.
‘The event will showcase the latest 2014 range under my label Flourish, and welcome Dayle Morrison’s label ‘Crafty Creatrix’ to the Studio,’ she said.
‘The show will also feature hats and fascinators by Miss Pink, Hair, Styling and Beauty by Affordable Beauty, works by local artists, and live music by local musicians.’
Doors open for the Winter Wonderland show at 6.30pm. Flourish Designer Studio is located at 15 Casino Street, South Lismore.