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Lanterns to lift hearts sky-high after floods

SURE TO BE A HOOT: One of the enchanting lanterns at the Lismore Lantern Parade, due to brighten up the evening.
SURE TO BE A HOOT: One of the enchanting lanterns at the Lismore Lantern Parade, due to brighten up the evening.

HUNDREDS of heart-shaped lanterns will light up the night sky in the mesmerisingly beautiful Lismore Lantern Parade later this month.

The theme for the parade this year is "Our Resilient Heart", a reference to the community's recovery from devastating floods in April.

Director Jyllie Jackson said the event would be spectacular and "the first opportunity the community has to come together and celebrate".

"It's going to be an interesting year because of floods," she said.

"There's a lot of emotion around still.

"We had three metres of water through our building.

"Most of our lanterns were damaged. We've been working our bums off to get things ready."

Jyllie started the parade 23 years ago, in a small way attracting a few hundred people.

The amazing spectacle now draws about 30,000 people.

"We go to the oval, which is a ticketed event, and we do this amazing outdoor spectacular with dancers and the bonfire," Jyllie said.

"We're aiming for an eight-metre-high bonfire.

"Every year is a bit different. Every child who decorates a lantern, it's different.

"There'll be something like 300 heart lanterns walking down the street."

Lismore Lantern Parade is an annual community arts festival held on or around the longest night of the year, being the Winter Solstice.

This year it's June 24.

It runs from the corner of Market and Molesworth Sts to Oakes Oval, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

Many other events during the festival incorporate art, crafts, workshops, regional cuisine,  bands, street theatre, music, carnival dancers, illuminated puppets, fire art and pyrotechnics.

An Italian festival is held on the Sunday.

For details about the lantern parade, call 0412732102 or email festival@lanternparade.com.

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