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Truro City of Lights 2020

Cornwall's most prominent lights and arts festival


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Truro City of Lights is a major festival in the town of Truro in Cornwall. Every year it attracts about 30,000 people, who come to watch the warm glow of festive lights and the crowd being almost twice as big as the town's population. The festival celebrating winter, art, performance, and music is supported by the Truro City Council coordinated by a small local team that fundraises for it throughout the year.

City of Lights Festival, Truro, Cornwall, England, 2010 2020
City of Lights Festival, Truro, Cornwall, England, 2010
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The lantern parade starts at about 7 p.m. taking off from the Richard Lander Monument, down Lemon Street onto Boscawen Street, then along River Street. The procession also loops around Little Castle Street, passes Kenwyn Street and Victoria Square. It goes through Boscawen Street, Princes Street, and Green Street. The noisy and festive procession consisting of drummers, artists, musicians, and dancers finishes on Lemon Quay.

A dazzling procession carries giant handmade lanterns of various unusual shapes. They are carried by professional artists entertaining the crowds that line the streets. Smaller lanterns are carried by Cornish school pupils and local residents. The parade gets a new theme every year. It is accompanied by music and dance from brass bands and samba groups. Outdoor music and theatre performances are held at various locations throughout the town.

Truro City Of Lights, 2013 2020
Truro City Of Lights, 2013
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Truro City of Lights parade, 2016 2020
Truro City of Lights parade, 2016
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