YOU can’t extinguish a bright idea – and that’s why the Tameside Lantern Parade is taking place on Saturday (March 9).
Traditionally a Christmas event, the parade had to be called off in December because of heavy winds and rain. Disappointed families were promised it would be back early in 2019, and it goes ahead this weekend with a carnival theme to tie in with Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday).
With live music, lanterns, giant puppets and other surprises the parade promises to be spectacular event which will not only entertain and enliven, but also pay tribute to Denton’s industrial history.
It will be led by internationally respected carnival artists Global Grooves, who are Tameside’s only Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.
The Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Denise Ward, said: “Christmas may have gone but that’s no reason why we shouldn’t celebrate. It’s Mardi Gras time so we’re making the Tameside Lantern Parade into a bit of a fiesta.
“I’m looking forward to thousands of people from all over the borough lining the streets, enjoying the music and creating a real carnival mood with their lanterns.”
The parade starts at West End Working Men’s Club, Grosvenor Street, Denton, at 6pm. From there it will wind its way through the town to Victoria Park which will be specially illuminated, and where Global Grooves will perform a fantastic carnival celebration before a pyrotechnic finale.
Tameside Cultural Services staff have been working with schools and community groups from across the borough to help with lantern-design.