Published On: Sun, Oct 12th, 2014 on 2:20 pm

Spectacular lantern parade lights up Lister Park

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Over 150 lanterns, including a giant snake, have been paraded through Bradford’s award-winning Lister Park.

Hundreds walked through the park yesterday for the annual Lister Lanterns event, starting off outside Cartwright Hall and finishing at the bandstand.

A 15-metre giant snake and a phoenix with a wingspan of over six metres accompanied paraders as local bands Northern Lights and Jamba Samba played music along the route.

Katie Jones, a community artist and an event organiser, said: “We worked on the event for around six weeks and we had some new lanterns this year, including a gargoyle and even a hare that resembles the one in the park.

“There was no rain, and the turnout was amazing this year.”

Artworks Creative Communities worked with three groups from Holme Wood creating the sculptures to decorate the parade route and the Cecil Green Arts group worked with communities from Bradford West to create small and large lanterns for the parade.

Local resident Sajid Mahmood said: “I felt this year’s event was even more successful than last year’s. The joyous atmosphere and everyone’s positive spirits really made this event a special one.”

Alice Hastings, who brought along her two children, added: “The lanterns looked so beautiful. The fire-breathers really got my attention, especially when I found out they were fire-eaters as well.”

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  1. Gemma M says:

    Great turnout, shame you haven’t got a pic of how many people came. Id say 600-700!

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