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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.