Moon Lantern Parade is an integral and much-loved part of Adelaide Festival Centre’s annual OzAsia Festival. It is Australia’s largest lantern parade, attracting up to 50,000 people each year, and is an important cultural and family event in South Australia.
The festivities commence in the early evening with performances from community groups and schools on the main stage, and roving performances throughout Elder Park (including Tai Chi, martial arts, Indonesian puppet theatre, Bollywood showcases and lion dances). Audiences can enjoy workshops and interactive activities (such as calligraphy, henna tattoos, lantern-making and origami), as well as the chance to explore a trail of bright and colourful lanterns around the park in the lead-up to the lantern parade.
The Moon Lantern Parade commences after sunset and comprises over 40 stunning, hand-made, giant lanterns which are led by the giant Hong Kong dragon, along with over 800 hand-held lanterns, along the parade route through Elder Park. The celebration concludes with spectacular display of fireworks over the River Torrens.
Many of Adelaide’s best-known food trucks are at Moon Lantern Parade each year, and festival-goers are encouraged to bring rugs and cushions to set up picnic-style at this alcohol-free event.
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Moon Lantern Parade is a feast for the senses and a celebration of the diverse communities of Adelaide. Each year, families enjoy the parade of lanterns, day long program of music, workshops, outdoor activities and fireworks. Joseph Mitchell, Artistic Director, OzAsia Festival