Thursday, 20 November 2014

Truro City of Lights Festival










Last night was the Annual City of Lights parade through the City.  Our Samba band took part again  this year,  it was huge fun and a lovely community atmosphere.  Thousands attend each year,  we were lucky that the rain had cleared and it was reasonably warm, these events are so weather dependant.  Last year was dry but absolutely freezing, I had so many layers on I could hardly move, let alone feel my hands to play.   A huge amount of work goes into this and the children of the local schools make their own lanterns to carry.  I caught the bus into town standing next to a little girl with her lantern who was just so excited to be taking part she could not stop talking and was whacking everyone on the head with her lantern!  Her mother had to tell her to calm down or she wouldn't even make it to the parade.  When you are in the parade you don't actually see anything but watching the videos after I think my favourite is the wonderful horse.  Obviously this is not my video, I hope they don't mind me sharing it, and yes I am on there banging away on my drum.  I just watched the parade on the news and we drowned out the news presenter.  I bet he could have cursed us.

The theme was heroes, the 1st World War played a prominent part with a bear representing the Polish Army, the friends group who volunteered, the carrier pigeons and the horses.

After the parade the samba bands got together and had a 'mass samba play' and of course we then had to recuperate at a local pub.  I am absolutely exhausted this morning and mainlining coffee, so I hope you will excuse the short and lets face it pretty lazy on my part post.

Enjoy the video.

Chickpea xx

Welcome to Leanne :) a fellow blogger living in beautiful Cornwall


15 comments:

  1. That was fabulous, and it was a free night out for you.

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  2. Fabulous parade, I think it is my local cities lantern parade tonight. I doubt we will be able to make it.

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  3. Lovely parade, my home town of Bridgwater in Somerset has a carnival each November, I love home town events.

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  4. I didn't watch all of the video, but the but I saw was fantastic! I'm glad that you had a good time. xx

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  5. It looks like a beautiful celebration. One thing I really love about blogs is being able to see all the local parades and traditions in all parts of the world!

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  6. Fabulous, I hope I will get to see it one year. x

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  7. Oh how marvellous that you are in a samba band. I was in one once too, but only briefly before we moved away to another town. Such joy though, while it lasted, and crazy, crazy fun :)

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  8. Glad you all enjoyed it, I don't think the statues were as good as last year but it was a lovely atmosphere.

    Knittynutter, yes you must!

    Annie, yes it is crazy fun!, I love love love it!!

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  9. Aren't they beautiful? I love the two men. That came out wrong.....you know what I mean! xx

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  10. I love that things like this go on. It feels a very ancient tradition.

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  11. No, it was not lazy or too short.
    It was a super fun post !

    cheers, parsnip

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  12. Brightened my rainy cold day x

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