Published: 12 June 2017

Luminous Lantern Parade 2017

On Friday 9 June the spectacular LUMINOUS Lantern Parade lit up South Bank with a dazzling array of over 400 lanterns, many of which were made by community groups and schools across Brisbane.

2017 is the 10 year anniversary of the event, which is now established on the annual Queensland calendar as a show of welcome for new Queenslanders, including refugees, international students, people seeking asylum and migrants.

Twenty two students from St James took part in the Lantern Parade marching under the banner of ERA for Change with other Edmund Rice schools who are advocating for a more welcoming response from our nation's leaders towards refugees and asylum seekers.

This free event unites government, community leaders, multicultural communities and everyday Queenslanders in a very public gesture of support and welcome for our newest Queenslanders.

The larger lanterns are designed and made by MDA and LightnUp Inc a community-based arts organisation from Lismore in NSW and are inspired by the dramatic interplay of light and shadow through a range of unique creations from sea creatures to birds and mythical creatures. They also include Australian characters such as Dame Edna Everage, the colourful Clown fish of the Great Barrier Reef and even the Story Bridge.

Faithful forever.