Gloucester’s Christmas Lantern Procession returns on Sunday 18 November where the city centrewill once again be illuminated by a parade of large and vibrant lanterns designed by local schoolchildren and artists. Additional funding from Gloucester Business Improvement District (Gloucester BID) has meant that schools from all over Gloucestershire will have the opportunity to take part in the procession too.
The costs for the artists and materials will be covered by the event organisers, Marketing Gloucester and supported with funding by Gloucester City Council, and artists will be assigned to each school and will work with them to make the lanterns during a few sessions over October and November. In previous years, the theme for the Lantern Procession included The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Nutcracker and Beatrix Potter’s The Tailor of Gloucester.
Schools that are interested would need to provide:
- A good-sized space for artists to work with the children and somewhere to store materials and lanterns as they are built.
- A member of staff to stay with the children at all times to supervise the children and assist the artist.
- A minimum of 30 children to take part in procession on the day itself.
- Transport for the lanterns to and from the starting point.
The procession begins at Blackfriars Priory, through the City Centre and finishes at Gloucester Cathedral where the public are invited to a free carol service.
“The BID is delighted to be able to support this year’s Christmas Lantern Procession, particularly as it has allowed schools from further afield to get involved. The Lantern Procession is a fantastic opportunity for many people outside of the city to experience Gloucester’s fantastic community spirit, especially as this could be the first time many of these people have visited the city. The event is also a great driver for footfall and is exactly the kind of thing the BID looks to get behind.”
Natasha Roumian, event co-ordinator at Marketing Gloucester, said: “The Lantern Procession is always a popular event among families in Gloucester. We’re always on the look out for new schools and their pupils to get involved and to welcome new visitors one of our most successful events.”
Marching bands and performers are also invited to get in touch to take part in the procession.
To register your school’s interest, please contact Marketing Gloucester by Friday 20 July by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org phone 01452 207020.