THE streets of Leigh will be lit up in a lantern parade this week with more than 200 people set to attend.

The parade, focused on nature’s elements, will see an eclectic explosion of colour and light with handmade costumes, big puppets, dance and music.

Starting on Bradshawgate at 5.30pm on Saturday, November 18, the parade will weave its way through to Civic Square, stopping briefly at two key viewing points for the public on Market Street and the Cenotaph War Memorial Square.

It follows further festive events organised across the town and wider borough, including Christmas markets and fairground rides around Bradshawgate, Spinning Gate shopping centre and Civic Square.

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Leigh Journal: The council is organising light and festive festivals across the boroughThe council is organising light and festive festivals across the borough (Image: Wigan Council)
Councillor Chris Ready, cabinet member for communities, said: “It’s been brilliant to see the participants of the parade working with local artists to create lanterns and costumes inspired by earth, wind, fire and water.

“The Leigh lantern parade, taking place on the same day as our Christmas Frost Festival celebrations, is an absolute celebration of all things community.

“I can’t wait to see it – it’s sure to be a feast on the eyes!”

Led by WN Dance and tailed by Father Christmas, the parade will feature live music from international samba band Batala Manchester, as well as Bom Ta Bom who will be drumming alongside students from Bedford High School.

A fiery finale will take place on Leigh Civic Square in front of the Turnpike Gallery by WigLe dance and Travelling Light Circus.

The parade will be made up of community groups including Leigh Youth Hub, Explorers CIC, WigLe Dance, ACE Leigh (Adult Community Education), Leigh St Mary’s and Leigh Youth Hub.

The parade will lead to Frost Feast taking place in Leigh Civic Square, where there’ll be a street food market for visitors to enjoy. 

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