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Winter Giant Lantern Parade: An illuminated legend in Cardigan

CARDIGAN is rejoicing after this year’s Winter Giant Lantern Parade held on 8 December. The event wove a magical spell on the town and brought community and visitors together.

A funding application to the National Lottery by Cymdeithas Aberteifi Society made the event possible. Small World Theatre energetically worked with lots of community groups and the general public to create beautiful lanterns of all shapes and sizes for this most spectacular event.

The Parade was inspired by the legendary Tale of Taliesin and included many giant creatures and characters from the story. They were accompanied by hundreds of pyramid lanterns along Cardigan’s High Street and into Cardigan Castle where there was fire juggling and performances by Ysgol Gynradd Aberteifi and Blaenporth Male Voice Choir. Crowds were treated to a splendid firework display over the River Teifi to round off the evening.

“This event is a triumph” said Cllr Catrin Miles “It brings the community together and is a boost to local business. It was great to see so many of Cardigan’s shops, pubs and restaurants open late for Christmas shopping and to welcome the spectators. Congratulations to Small World Theatre for their hard work.”

The Winter Giant Lantern Parade is the highlight of Festive Fortnight in Cardigan. This weekend sees the last of those events which include Cardigan Guildhall Street Food Christmas Market and Small World Theatre’s Christmas Party starring YAMÄYA and DJ Maya Mitten on Friday 15 December. Please visit www.creativecardigan.com for more information.

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