Winter Lantern Parade

The Lantern Parade, which started as a fund-raising event for The Vanishing Elephant, has now been taken to the town’s heart and involves hundreds of people each year. The 2013 Parade took place in the evening of Saturday 16 February and went from outside the Library down Monson Road and Camden Road, finishing at St Barnabas School for food and entertainment.

Bloco Fogo, with a band of around 40 people headed the procession helping to raise the excitement levels, with people dancing in the street as we went.

Some thanks from the organiser

"I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed to making last nights Lantern Parade another fabulous event, many people I spoke to at the end last night spoke about the emotional effect of the Parade. Everybody be it participants, stewards, performers, financial supporters, local councils, police, businesses, all of you come together to make this event what it is. It is difficult to pinpoint what makes this parade so successful but successful it is and with everybody's continued support it will continue to grow and draw more people in from across the town."