Tunarama weekend to feature first moon lantern parade

Sea life will light up along the foreshore and celebrate Port Lincoln's multicultural community at the first Multicultural Moon Lantern Parade on Saturday night.

The parade will fall on the Chinese New Year and about 50 Chinese lanterns of different sizes will be on show, created at a workshop held at the Nautilus Theatre between January 13 and 18.

Port Lincoln Multicultural Council board member Gerri Evenden said the council decided to support this project because the council saw it as a community project that was a way of bringing the community together and celebrating all the cultures in the community.

"Especially when we realised (the lanterns) are a resource that can be used over the next few years and will be available for other festivals that met the ethos of community unity," she said.

Artist in residence Paula Gallagher led the workshop with about 72 people involved throughout the week.

She said the lanterns have a "Port Lincoln twist" and have taken the shape of marine life, allowing people to create what they wanted.

Lanterns created include tuna, sharks, dolphins and turtles to an angler fish lantern that will have people inside carrying it down the parade route.

"We used rattan cane and tissue paper which lets the light come through really well," Ms Gallagher said.

"I am amazed at the size and complexity of the lanterns that the people have made, once people learned the basic skill they took it to a whole other level."

Ms Gallagher said there were many people of diverse backgrounds helping out, adding to the multicultural feel of the event, including members of Club Filipino and Port Lincoln's Indian community as well as Port Lincoln's Aboriginal community.

"All the people here, regardless of where they come from are Australian and it shows the diversity of what Australian culture is," she said.

The parade will begin at 9.15pm from the Port Lincoln jetty and will also involve the Taiko Drumming Group adding atmosphere as well as a firecracker display.

Ms Evenden said anyone who unable to be apart of the creative process for the lanterns and still wanted to contribute to the event should contact her on 0427 830 350 or the Tunarama office on 8682 1300.