Lantern Parade

Lantern carnival set to dazzle

After months of preparation, Liverpool’s Lantern Company will once again dazzle us at the much-loved Halloween Lantern Carnival in Sefton Park on Friday 1 November.

The carnival involves:

• 120 performers and dancers
• Spectacular new creations to be unveiled including a bluegrass fiddler cat on board the Moon Chariot
• The return of some old familiars
• Four processional bands with over 100 musicians
• Hundreds of handmade lanterns and members of the community
• Spectacular pyrotechnic finale
• A completely FREE event

Now a permanent fixture of Liverpool’s cultural calendar, visitors will once again get to travel through the portal into the fascinating world of the bizarre and surreal.

This year, the parade will start at the Obelisk Monument off Sefton Park Road at 6.30pm before winding its way through the eerie darkness, beautifully illuminated by the halo of hundreds of lanterns.

Jo Pocock, Artistic Director of the Lantern Company said: “Halloween is very close now and we’re really excited about the spectacular treats we have in store for our audience”

“It’s very exciting for us to be able to stage this completely free, yet superb event with the support of Liverpool City Council and Arts Council England. With the commitment of all our artist and contributors, most of them local, we pull together a truly spectacular night that elevates Halloween fun to another level and always pushes the creative boundaries of outdoor theatre.”

Liverpool’s Lantern Company is now in its 10th year, and has earned an excellent reputation for creating stunning works of art that not only mesmerise onlookers, but are of outstanding artistic quality. Its work with the community and an artist-led ethos is at the heart of the company.

This year will see the company’s first commission abroad, when a team of artists will produce five brand-new puppets for the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, when a new night-time parade will be watched by up to 100,000 people. Over the coming months, the Lantern Company will also be producing major events in Liverpool and for Chester Zoo’s Christmas celebrations, as well as other events around the UK.

For more details about the Halloween Lantern parade see our website:

The Lantern Company’s Halloween Lantern Carnival is funded by Liverpool City Council and Arts Council England.

Liverpool Waterfront