The theme of the ninth annual Lister Park lantern parade has been revealed. 

Hundreds of handmade lanterns are set to light up Lister Park on Friday, October 27. 

Crafted by Cecil Green Arts and volunteers, the parade will start at 6.45pm by the front of Cartwright Hall and end with a fiery finale at the bandstand.

Three bands will accompany the parade along the way - the Peace Artistes, Jamba Samba and Banda na Rua.

The free event will follow the theme, 'What on Earth?’, and feature creations from community groups, youth groups, and schools.

It will also feature new lead lanterns made by artists working intensely with five different community groups across the city. 

2023’s lantern parade theme is inspired by community conversations about climate change, its underlying issues, poverty and sanctuary. 

It is promised to be a spectacular and magical evening, Cecil Green Arts said.

Harry Kingham from Cecil Green Arts said “We build this community every year where all are welcome.” 

Entertainment will start outside Cartwright Hall from 6pm while four hour long lantern painting sessions will be held on the day of the parade itself. 

Cecil Green Arts is holding sessions at 11am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4pm aimed at all ages.

Spaces are limited so attendees must book places by calling Cartwright Hall on 01274 431212.

The organisers are also encouraging car free travel to the event by offering the chance to win original commissioned artwork by artist Ruth Fettis.

The organisation’s Katie Jones said: “It’s great to be working on such a spectacular event once again that all the community can enjoy together.”