The much-anticipated Truro City of Lights festival is returning to the city this January. After being postponed in November, due to a weather warning, the parade will now take place on Wednesday 31st January 2018.
Each year (usually in late November), hundreds of school children and other members of the community parade through the cobbled streets of Truro, lighting the way with their splendid hand-made lanterns. Local artists design and make spectacular giant lanterns, which are sponsored by local businesses and organisations. They also lead workshops at schools and in the local community to help others create their own magical, smaller lanterns for the parade.
Every year, approximately 600 lanterns are designed around a theme; previous years have included Kings and Queens, Myths and Legends and Heroes. The theme this year however, is slightly more mysterious; simply entitled 'Glow'. This new theme seems to encompass the key elements of the event: illumination, warmth and a sense of pride. With this year's theme being open to interpretation, a sense of excitement is buzzing around the community, who eagerly await the arrival of the lanterns.
Alongside the glowing lanterns, the streets will be filled with music and dance spectaculars, including samba bands, brass bands, pipes and drums.
Around 30,000 spectators are expected to attend the event, so it's best to arrive early, in advance of the 7pm start time. With queues likely, why not take advantage of the Park and Ride? You can park at either Langarth Park at Threemilestone or Tregurra Park on Newquay Road near Waitrose; simply hop on the bus and it will take you directly into the city centre.
On the night, enjoy some delicious street food from one of the many food stands lining the streets. They'll be selling a variety of food, including venison burgers, hotpots, thai food and a selection of sweet treats including hot doughnuts and churros!
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