Australia’s largest lantern parade is continuing to wow attendees at the OzAsia Festival, with more than 40,000 people converging in Adelaide’s Elder Park and Lucky Dumpling Market, soaking up the colour, lights and entertainment.
On Saturday 27st October, Elder Park came alive with the annual Moon Lantern Parade led by the colourful Hong Kong Dragon.
More than 40 large handmade lanterns- including nine new giant lanterns- dazzled crowds before a spectacular fireworks display.
OzAsia Festival Artistic Director Joseph Mitchell said the parade continues to be a must-do on the family calendar: “The 2018 Moon Lantern Parade was a great success as a feature event of OzAsia Festival. The increased site capacity with road closures on King William Street ensured that many more people were able to enjoy the atmosphere. This year, the parade kicked off with the popular Hong Kong Dragon and also introduced 23 brand new lanterns. About 1,000 community members were involved in the parade which is one of Adelaide’s most popular family-friendly events. The event celebrates Chinese culture and is also a celebration of the diverse multicultural communities of Adelaide. Each year, families enjoy the parade of lanterns, day-long program of music, workshops, outdoor activities, and fireworks.”
Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director Douglas Gautier said the event is a wonderful celebration: “OzAsia Festival ’s Moon Lantern Parade is the largest lantern parade in the country and it literally shines a light on Asian culture. By engaging such a large audience, the event has increased awareness, understanding, and celebration of multicultural South Australia.”
While the lanterns have been packed away for another year, OzAsia Festival is still in full swing. There’s still time to see the festival before it finishes on the 11th November.
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