Australia saw a spectacular show of lights with the arrangement of the largest lantern parade with more than 40,000 attendees today. Called the Oz Asia Festival, it lit up the city of Adelaide in South Australia with an amazing display of lights and lanterns. The parade has 40 handmade lanterns of a bigger size along with 9 giant lanterns, followed by a firework display. The event is a very important one and every family members make it a point to be a part of this festival. Akin to the festival of lights, Diwali in India, this OzAsia Festival soaks up in lights and colours every year. Stratford Swan Parade: 21 Swans Walk into the Avon River Announcing the Arrival of Spring Season, Watch Video.
The director of the festival Jospeh Mitchell was quoted to Broadway World, "The 2018 Moon Lantern Parade was a great success as a feature event of OzAsia Festival. The increased site capacity with road closures on King William Street ensured that many more people were able to enjoy the atmosphere. This year, the parade kicked off with the popular Hong Kong Dragon and also introduced 23 brand new lanterns. About 1,000 community members were involved in the parade which is one of Adelaide's most popular family friendly events." This event celebrates the Chinese culture along with Adelaide's multicultural community. It is a day-long event with several music and entertainment workshops for everyone.
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Spectacular, colourful, sensational @OzAsiaFestival @AdelaideFesCent #MoonLanternFestival - 人山人海 the Chinese expression to describe the massive crowd: people mountain people sea! Thank you to #SouthAustralian community for loving #OzAsia ♥️ pic.twitter.com/6R8EjXD7sj
— Jing Lee (@JingLeeMLC1) October 27, 2018
@ANZ Team and family’s Celebrating the beautiful Moon lantern parade @OzAsiaFestival with thousands in the SA community. Very proud to be a part this spectacular event. @larissa_beeson @unisa @UniofAdelaide @bprinaldi @JaneYuile @garyjparkin @julie_grills @damienprettejo1 pic.twitter.com/baA4FbfwIq
— Claude Piscioneri (@claudepiscione1) October 27, 2018
Making of the lanterns for the parade is also an important factor. Lantern artists work thoroughly to create larger patterns. The people then preserve these lanterns until the next year. The idea of the fest is to create awareness and celebrate the multicultural existence in Adelaide.