Preparations for Hervey Bay’s annual Illumination Lantern Parade and Concert are in full swing with a superb line-up of entertainment organised for an unforgettable weekend celebrating the home of the Humpback Whale.
Fraser Coast Councillor for Events, Sport, Recreation and Open Spaces, Darren Everard said the object of this year’s theme, “Celebrate the Sea”, is to inspire a party commemorating our lifestyle around the ocean.
“It’s easy to get involved with your school, business or community group – the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery would be hosting lantern making workshops in the lead up to the parade, offering the perfect opportunity to express creativity and create a dynamite lantern for the event’s traditional lantern competition,’’ he said
“Prizes will be handed out on the day, with categories including the best lanterns made by a commercial business, school group, community group and the lantern that best fits the eco illumination theme.”
The Illumination Lantern Parade and Concert featuring Ella Hooper from Killing Heidi, followed by Faleepo FrancisCo and local artists Derek F Smith and Brandon Woods will be held at the Seafront Oval on Saturday October 17 from 4pm.
Fraser Coast Opportunities Manager of Tourism and Events, Tas Webber said a strong turnout was hoped for the event, with businesses, community groups, families and individuals to the region all celebrating the occasion.
‘Hervey Bay is unique as far as whale watching is concerned and this is translated in the vast number of people that migrate to the region each year to show their support for these majestic creatures,’’ Mr Webber said.
“This year the parade is returning to its home of the Hervey Bay Esplanade, and we are excited to welcome all the colour and fun of the lanterns.”
“The Illumination lantern parade and concert is a great opportunity for locals to gather together and appreciate the whales in their favourite playground.”