Light Parade a Parade of Peace
You are invited to take part in Chelmsford’s first ever magical Parade of Light, brought to life through a record-breaking local crowd-funding campaign! The event will bring communities together to walk peacefully through the city centre in remembrance with beautiful hand-crafted lanterns and floats. Why not make your own lantern by following a video tutorial on the Ideas Festival website? Or just come along to Anglia Ruskin University, Michael Salmon Building, at 18:00 to join the parade through the city. This event is held in partnership with the Cathedral Youth Club and Chelmsford Hindu Society. Free parking is available at ARU on a first come first serve basis.
Looking at the map below:
Route is shown in Pink
Yellow A and B are two starting points – Arrive at A by 18:00 for a 19:00 start (we have some entertainment planned while we wait). Arrive at point B by 19:00 we should reach point B by at least 19:30.
Workshops for young people for the Light Parade:
Book your ticket for the Parade here:
Make your lantern for the Parade
Top Prize £100
Create a Lantern or float on the theme of Peace and enter the competition.
To enter arrive at 6 pm on the date of the festival a Volunteer will register your attendance and ask if you are entering the competition. Then a mystery Artist will access the lanterns and award the prize at the end of the parade.
- Please note no naked flame can be used in the lanterns – only LED lights.
- Please note that lanterns and floats should be able to be carried and the route includes steps crossing a River.
You can collect materials for your lantern we have a limited supply of willow buff which can be cut and used to create a form. If you soak the willow (1 hour soaking per foot of willow – we have lengths of 5 and 8-foot willow) you will be able to bend and create great curvey shapes.
We also have a limited supply of LED copper wire battery lights which are lightweight.
You can collect materials for this at the Ideas Hub Chelmsford. Between 10 am to 3 pm Mon to Saturday.
No age limit on competition we encourage families to create something Magical!