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Truro City of Lights parade 2010
The glowing lanterns will be created entirely from tissue stretched across frames of
The glowing lanterns are created from tissue stretched across frames of withy

Truro will once again light up in spectacular fashion for the annual City of Lights festival and parade.

The event sees a illuminated procession of withy and tissue lanterns float through the streets, hand made and carried by professional artists, school children, local community and youth groups.

Now in its 14th year, the City of Lights parade has become an important part of Truro's winter celebrations.

Again this year the festival will coincide with the turning on of Truro's Christmas lights on 17 November.

This year the theme is tales, myths and legends.

Participants, including commissioned artists, school children and members of local community and youth groups, create a giant character lantern which is accompanied by a host of smaller lanterns.

The glowing lanterns are created entirely from tissue stretched across frames of withy - strong yet flexible willow branches.

This year's the theme is tales, myths and legends.
This year's the theme is tales, myths and legends.

Also taking inspiration from the tales and legends theme will be the dancers and musicians of Truro School of Samba, on hand to add to the City of Lights' carnival atmosphere.

This year will see the dynamic dance troop and band lead the parade for the sixth time with new choreography and music for the occasion and costumes created for the event funded by a grant from Cornwall Council Community Chest.

Emma Skilton, artistic director of Truro School of Samba, said: "The dancers are delighted to be leading City of Lights again.

"We're hugely grateful to Cornwall Council for their contribution to our costumes and so excited about the new creative scope this has given us.

Suffice to say we'll continue to complement the lanterns and develop the use of lighting in our costumes. We can't wait to wow the audience with our performance."

The parade route through Truro

Truro City of Lights on 17 November

TA Centre (Moresk Road)

St Clement's Street

Pydar Street

Union Street

Castle Street

River Street

St Nicholas Street

Boscawen Street

Princes Street

Green Street

Lemon Quay

The Christmas lights switch on will take place when the parade pauses for a grand countdown in Boscawen Street. The parade will finish between 8.00pm and 8.30pm.

For more information, visit Truro City of Lights or follow them on Facebook: Truro City of Lights

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