Lantern Parade good medicine for sick kids

Lismore Base Hospital patient Tim Flevell and his mum Kylie with Lismore Girl Guides Rosie Jones (left) and Amy Battistuzzi, who helped bring the magic of the Lantern Parade to sick kids on Tuesday night.

Despite being sick in hospital, six-year-old Tim Flevell still got to enjoy all the colour and magic of the Lantern Parade, with organisers and the Lismore Girl Guides holding a special mini parade for patients at Lismore Base Hospital on Tuesday night.

Each year the Lismore Lantern Parade enlists the help of the Girl Guides to hold a parade through the hospital so sick patients can marvel at the beautiful lanterns and still feel part of this winter tradition.

This is a community event, and if the community cant come to us, then well come to the community, said Lantern Parade creative director, Jyllie Jackson. Its really special for the children and its wonderful seeing the delight on their faces. They absolutely love watching the lanterns and it always lifts their spirits, and ours, when its most needed.

This year, Jyllie is particularly excited about the street party in Magellan Street, which will be held after the parade on Saturday, June 17, from 7.30-11pm. The street will be transformed with a big stage and lots of markets stalls, plus local cafs will open so people can spill out onto the streets and enjoy food and drinks with their entertainment.

The night will begin with a bang when the Art of Thunder (formerly Young Drums) presents a special show, followed by the Belladonna Snakeweave bellydancers, Celtic maestros The Romaniacs Gypsy Caravan and the ever-popular dance band Hudibrastic Funk.

The street party is being sponsored by Lismore Unlimited Opportunities and Tursa, and gives people a chance to dance the night away after a hectic day of shopping (remember its the annual stocktake sale next Saturday!).

After the excitement of the parade and the finale we have thousands of people around town, and the community has told us they want to party afterwards, so weve created this opportunity for people to celebrate, said Jyllie. We want to bring the streets of Lismore alive and we want people to meet, dance, talk, eat and have fun in our town centre. Its family oriented and everyones welcome if we get a great response and people enjoy the party then well make it yet another Lantern Parade tradition.


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