Saturday, 7 December 2013

Devizes Lantern Parade

 Devizes Town Band prepares to lead the parade around the town.

The band arrived at the head of the lantern parade to accompany the children and families  to the Canal Wharf to see Santa Claus, and the back to the Market Place for a firework display.  This annual parade is always wonderful, with the beautiful lanterns being constructed in special workshops throughout the autumn.

The huge elephant lantern tucked in behind the band on its walk around the town.

The Mayor of Devizes and his wife help lead the way.

The parade heads towards "Wadworths" at Brewery Corner.

This photo was taken with the "star filter" on my new camera, that turns points of light into twinkling stars.  I´m really pleased with my new gadget.

The crowds in the Market Place, waiting for the firework display to start.

The square was filled with stalls selling Christmas goodies, food and mulled wine.  Earlier Santa Claus had switched on the Christmas lights, (hidden behind the balloons centre.)  The whole colourful occasion is always on of great fun for all concerned.

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