Lantern parade to shine a light on Tameside’s cultural past
Monday 23rd October 2017 @ 07:00 by Adam Higgins
News Tameside

A proud local tradition of marches and processions will be celebrated at the Tameside Winter Carnival lantern parade next month.

Families and community groups from across the area will come together on Saturday, November 18, for the spectacular free event, which will light up the streets with amazing lanterns, vibrant costumes, music and dancing.

The theme is Pageants of the Past and Present – celebrating traditional Tameside marches and parades such as Whit Friday and Cotton Queens, while also looking at contemporary international carnivals.

The parade will start at 6pm and follow the same route in Ashton town centre as last year – starting on Katherine Street, heading down Stamford Street and ending with a fantastic finale – with Father Christmas and a lights switch on – in Old Cross Street Car Park from 6:45pm.

Spectators are advised to head to Stamford Street to get the best view of the parade going past.

Individuals, families and community groups who would like to take part in the parade may book onto one following lantern making workshops by calling 0161 342 4144 or e-mail [email protected].

  • Saturday, November 4, Astley Cheetham Gallery, Stalybridge – 11am to 2pm
  • Sunday, November 5, Portland Basin Museum, Ashton – 11am to 2pm
  • Saturday, November 11, Portland Basin Museum, Ashton – 11am to 2pm
  • Sunday, November 12, Portland Basin Museum, Ashton – 11am to 2pm

Tameside Council has successfully applied for £15,000 of funding from the Arts Council to stage the event and will be working with Global Grooves, which grows local artistic talent.

Old Cross Street car park will be closed on the day of parade but there will be plenty of alternative parking in the town. You can visit www.tameside.gov.uk/carparks for more information.

Cllr John Taylor, Tameside Council Deputy Executive Leader, said: “Tameside Winter Carnival promises to be a wonderful event – bringing together groups and communities from across the borough in a fantastic celebration of Tameside’s cultural past as well as contemporary arts and pageants.

“It will launch five weekends of festive family fun in Ashton – Tameside Christmas Market will start on 24-26 November and run for three weekends and Ashton Christmas Farmers’ Market, which will offer free land train rides, will be held on 17 December. There will be something for everyone to enjoy.”