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Festival of Cultures 2013 - Cultural Lantern Parade


Fri 15 Mar 2013, 6:00pm–9:00pm

Where: The Square, The Square, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: Karen Heaphy

A twilight parade will mark the Year of the Snake in Palmerston North, and herald the beginning of the Festival of Cultures 2013.

There are many different beliefs about the origin of lantern festivals, however, it is likely to have had something to do with celebrating and cultivating positive relationships between people, families, nature and the higher beings that were believed to be responsible for bringing or returning the light each year.

The parade promises to give the people of Palmerston North and surrounding areas a flavour of the attractions in store during the festival which will be held in The Square and other venues between the 15-17 March 2013.

The parade will begin at around 8:30pm in The Square and move around the adjoining streets to finish back in The Square.

There will be a new giant snake lantern made by REACT (Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre Trust) especially for this Chinese Year of The Snake. As always, there will also be plenty of local performances and food stalls. The community are encouraged to make and bring their own lanterns of any shape or size. There are prizes to be won.

Last year, the festival drew over 15,000 people from around the Manawatu and regions.

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