More than 300 people took part in Saturday's lantern parade.
More than 300 people took part in Saturday's lantern parade. Karen Harper

Festival lights the way

A RECORD number of people lit up the banks of Jack Evans Boat Harbour in Saturday night's lantern parade.

More than 300 people held candlelit lanterns for the Tweed River Festival's most popular event.

“The highlight is always the lantern parade,” festival co-ordinator Jane Lofthouse said.

The festival's week-long program, which aimed to raise awareness about our waterways' importance, wrapped up with a day of celebrations on Saturday.

“In spite of the gale force winds, at dusk the wind died right off and the lantern parade was spectacular as usual,” Ms Lofthouse said.

“The rest of the day went really well too.

“We had loads of free kids' activities, which was great to keep the kids busy in the afternoon.”

Children could take part in lantern making workshops and joined almost 200 students from the area's schools in the parade.

“One of the other special events was Mosaic, a jazz band who has links to our Tweed Kenya Mentoring Program,” Ms Lofthouse said.

Other entertainment was by the PCYC Big Band, Hoopla circus, and the Hot Chilli Drummers.

Ms Lofthouse said about 2500 people attended the event. “We had really good involvement.”

The night ended with a fireworks spectacular.



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