The Lantern Parade simply could not operate without the generous support of its wonderful team of volunteers. Volunteers have the opportunity to work alongside the team to deliver this exciting signature event. Whether you are already volunteering or just starting out, volunteering is a great way to help others, meet new people, build new skills, experience new challenges, build up work experience and make an extraordinary contribution to our local community.

Experience is not necessary and whatever skills you have to offer, we would greatly appreciate your assistance and support. Please note that training is provided.

in the lead up to the parade

making & repairing lanterns

  • Patching, fixing & decorating
  • Covering small and large lanterns with paper and or fabric
  • Painting lantern bases and props
  • Selecting, fitting and labeling carry poles
  • Make candle holders and hooks
  • Cutting out shapes for decorating lanterns
  • Make lanterns under direction, once experienced design your own
  • Assist with making fire rope and constructing fire effects

lantern workshops (school and community)

  • Travel to schools and groups with coordinator to assist with workshops
  • Assist with preparation for school workshops (see above)
  • Good communication and people skills are essential
  • A working with children check may be required.


  • Assist with data entry, promotional packages, mail outs etc
  • Answer phone, take bookings for workshops; lantern carrier sign ups
  • Poster and flyer distribution around Lismore and Northern Rivers area
  • Prepare lanyards, schedules, photocopying

general & domestic

  • Make lunches for workers and volunteers (final weeks prior to event)
  • Maintain cleanliness of the kitchen and toilet areas
  • Tidy workshop
  • Assist with ground maintenance (odd jobs and whipper snippering)
  • Fixing shelves and repairing work areas

on the day of the parade

set up

  • Drive lanterns to and from the assembly point - own vehicle with tow bar required
  • Drive lanterns in our vehicles between Lantern Shed and Assembly Point
  • Assist with set up of Market deLight
  • Help with Finale site
  • Assist preparation of parade assembly area


  • Assist with lantern decorating in Kids Arts Space
  • Directing people, answering questions, laying out lanterns for the parade
  • Handing out candles and carry sticks
  • Cleaning up car park after parade leaves
  • Parade marshalling
  • Carry a lantern in the parade - nice to do in groups
  • Assist with parade assembly
  • Collect donations at Riverside Park
  • Participate in the finale

pack up

  • Help transport lanterns back to the workshop
  • General site clean up
  • Packing down fence and gateways
  • Clean up fire pit area
  • Clean up at the workshop

after the parade

  • sort and pack away lanterns
  • send out thank you's
  • assist in report writing
  • assist with survey collation and evaluation
  • assist with the return of hire goods
  • assist with the return of sponsor banners etc
  • assist with filing, administration to finalise event activities


Please complete the online volunteer registration form here.

For further information:
Call: 02 6622 6333
Email: festival@lanternparade.com

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