Truro: A City Of Lights

November 16, 2015 by becca.lazar 1 Comment


truro city of light

To celebrate the beginning of the festive season Truro is turning itself in to a dazzling City of Light with a procession of lanterns, music and dancing taking the streets by storm. The hugely anticipated parade is a worthwhile spark of colour for any visitor to Cornwall. The festival is an awesome display, bringing together vast swathes of the community and professional artists.

At its centre, the festival is a procession of giant, ornate and original tissue lanterns floating through the streets surrounded by firefly like lanterns held by the people of Truro.

The parade is joined by samba groups, brass bands and dancers from around the county, all decked out in colourful costumes and throughout the evening a smattering of musical performances will be dotted around the city, performing from 5.30pm onwards to build up the atmosphere before the start of the parade and afterwards.

Each year’s procession is given a different theme. This year’s theme is ‘Museum of Lost Stories’ and is curated by the Royal Cornwall Museum. So expect forgotten scenes from Cornish history and myth to be presented in an array of colourful floats.

The procession starts at the top of Falmouth Road in Truro at 7pm, before travelling down Lemon Street, around the city centre and finishing on the Lemon Quay.

As the procession winds through the city, there will be many spots along the way to take in the spectacle and visitors are advised to spread out along the route to get the best view. There are a couple of spots that get extremely busy, so Cornish Holiday Cottages recommend avoiding Lemon Quay and Boscawen Street if you’ve got small children with you. There’s also a viewing point for disabled visitors at the Royal Cornwall Museum on River Street.

Once the parade reaches Boscawen Street, the action will pause for a countdown to the illumination of the Christmas lights.

For further information on the event and a route map go to the City Of Lights website.

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