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Clutha Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MARY-JO TOHILL

A Chi­nese lantern pa­rade will be held in Lawrence on Friday night.

Lo­cals have been busy mak­ing lanterns to mir­ror the north­ern hemi­sphere Chi­nese mid-au­tumn lantern pa­rade, which is held mid­spring in the south­ern hemi­sphere on October 5.

Also known as Lantern Fes­ti­val or Moon Fes­ti­val, the event is the sec­ond most im­por­tant event on the Chi­nese cul­tural cal­en­dar, and recog­nises Lawrence’s Chi­nese her­itage from its gold min­ing past. It was funded from the Clutha Dis­trict Cre­ative Com­mu­ni­ties Scheme and a grant from the Lawrence Athenaeum Min­ing In­sti­tute.

These grants also helped fund two lantern-mak­ing work­shops, one for the com­mu­nity and an­other for the Lawrence Area School.

Pa­rade go­ers are set to meet at 7pm at the Health Cen­tre Gar­den. Be­fore start­ing, tea lights and car­ry­ing sticks will be at­tached to the lanterns. The pa­rade gets un­der way at 7.30pm.

The pa­rade route fol­lows White­haven St to the Village Green on Ross Place, where a pa­rade party will be held. Lanterns will then be col­lected to hang up at shops, busi­nesses and other lo­ca­tions.

Any do­na­tions will go to­wards run­ning costs of the event, with any sur­plus go­ing to the Lawrence Chi­nese Camp.

Lanterns made by the Lawrence com­mu­nity for the Lawrence Chi­nese lantern fes­ti­val.

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