22 Apr 2015

Sharrow Lantern Carnival 2015

The end of the Easter holidays saw our first experience of the Sharrow Lantern Carnival, an annual event in Sheffield where people gather in Mount Pleasant Park with homemade lanterns of all different kinds, based on a different theme each year and parade with them all the way to the Sheffield General Cemetery.  

This year's theme was 'life on earth', which saw lanterns shaped like so many different creatures and plants.  From huge whales, to bumble bees, horses to jellyfish and even a giant banana and pineapple.
The parade was led by the Sheffield Samba Band dressed as foxes, who really created a carnival vibe with their infectious drumming.  Once at the cemetery, there was live music, food and performers who danced and juggled with fire, swung poi and spun rainbow hula hoops.
The lights from the lanterns, fire performers and candles which lined the pathways created such a beautiful, flickering, multicoloured glow. It really was utterly magical and made me feel so very child-like, particularly because of not really being able to see people, other than those close enough to a lantern or flame to be illuminated.
We reluctantly left as our hands and feet grew too cold to stay any longer, but very happy in knowing that we had discovered another fantastic event which we planned to attend again and again in the years to come.


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  1. Oh wow, those pictures are amazing! I find it incredible what some people are able to create. We had something similar in Derby once but it wasn't nearly as impressive.

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I was pretty blown away by the quality of them. x

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  2. Omg, this is such an amazing festival! The lanterns are beautiful! It reminds me of how I celebrated mid autumn festival when I was younger.
    Its amazing how the lanterns are made out of simple paper and wire but they are so elaborate and colourful. I love it :)

    X, Carina
    Running White Horses | Fashion + Travel

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    1. It was really awesome! I got a little overexcited and actually started skipping...good job it was dark ;) x

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  3. That looks amazing - and I'm so impressed that they're all homemade and that so many people came up with such beautiful and varied creations! I love things like this - when I lived in Edinburgh there was an annual light show around a lake in Pitlochry that I loved. There's just something so magical about lighting up the night sky with such beautiful glowworm type creations :)

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    1. Oh yeah, they were all absolutely amazing. The whale really impressed me as it was HUGE. So clever. That sounds amazing! I totally agree x

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  4. This look so cool!! I do love lanterns, I think they look amazing in the night sky. And lovely pictures as always! xx

    Jasmin Charlotte

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    1. They're wonderful aren't they? Thank you :) x

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  5. We seem to keep missing each other. I was supposed to go to this but ended up changing plans at the last min (I had way to much work to do). Looks like a great night! Back home in Cornwall they have a few festivals like this every year and it is always a photographers dream. x

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    1. We do don't we! One of these days though, I'm sure we will bump into each other :) My first experience of this sort of thing, don't think we had any back where I grew up, you're lucky! x

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