TRURO Cornwall TR3 6LQ
Truro’s spectacular City of Lights Festival is set to take place tonight, with more than 30,000 people expected to visit the Cornish capital and view the spectacular parade.
The procession gets under way at 6.30pm from Falmouth Road, and will this year follow a new route.
The parade is to be led by children form a number of local schools as it heads along Lemon Street, before a number of larger lantern parties and marching bands join the procession.
The route then continues down Lemon Street and on to Boscawen Street before heading along River Street. Once this point is reached the parade will split again, with the schools finishing their route on St George’s Road, while the larger lanterns will turn back to Little Castle Street and Kenwyn Street before finishing up on Lemon Quay with a giant Samba event, which is scheduled to start at 8pm.
Part of the festival is the switching on of Truro’s Christmas lights, which happens at 6.50pm.
Tens of thousands of people will be watching the parade and switch on, with organiser Claire Eason-Bassett looking forward to it.
“The new route will give even more people the chance to get up close and see the spectacular parade of lanterns and entertainment,” she said.
In the centenary year of the start of the First World War the theme of the event will be Heroes and Heroines.
Car parks around the city will be open late for the event, while all bus operators will be running special services from Truro bus station on Green Street next to Lemon Quay.
So if you’re currently staying at 5 star self-catering Cornwall cottages, or are planning on staying next year, why not build the Festival of Lights into your plans.