This evening, Adelaide is holding the Moon Lantern Festival, as part of OzAsia, down on the banks of the Torrens. Let's hope the weather will clear up for it, at the moment it is overcast and looks like it might rain.
Well the weather held out for the Festival even though it was cool down by the river. I went into town and met Tony and then we wandered off down to Elder Park. We found a place to set up our chairs ....... I can no longer sit on the ground. There were already quite a few people there.
On the main stage they had several acts mainly coming from the various Asian organisations here in Adelaide. The highlight of the evening was the performance given by the dancers and acrobats from Xiandong Province. They were amazing. It sure whet the appetite to go and see more of this group.
The parade of the lanterns was amazing. This year they had a lot more school children involved and they made some beautiful lanterns, fish, grapes, wattle, flowers, triangles, and traditional Asian lights. There were also some new designs from the corporate world as well. Even the moon made an appearance from behind the clouds.
They estimated the crowd to be around 20,000, each year more and more people are getting involved. This was the 5th year holding the Festival. I think Tony and I have been to the last four. After the parade of the lanterns, were the fireworks and by 8.30pm it was all over. It started at 3.30pm with various cooking demonstrations, origami making, drumming, and lots of other activities to see and do.
From the Lens...........