At the Lismore Lantern Parade
At the Lismore Lantern Parade

Much-loved lantern parade has been delayed

UPDATE Friday 11am: Lismore's Lantern Parade will now be held on November 14 after the original date was delayed since the COVID-19 outbreak.

"It is surely strange times, in our enthusiasm to find a new date for our beloved Lantern Parade we have since found out it clashes with some other local events and the availability of key people for the Lantern Parade, such as the Relay for Life, The Channon Market, Jacaranda Festival," organiser Jyllie Jackson said.

"All being well this will be a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together after this difficult time.

"We apologise for any confusion.

"We will announce detail of an exciting new event in the near future!."

ORIGINAL STORY: THE traditional Lismore Lantern Parade has been delayed until later in the year.

The event was originally set to happen on June 20, but now organiser Jyllie Jackson has announced a new date.

"The fabulous Lismore Lantern Parade will be shining brighter than ever on Saturday, November 7, fingers crossed," she said in a statement.

"We are living in challenging times, festivals and events are being cancelled across the country and the world, and sadly the iconic Lismore Lantern Parade is not immune from this dreadful virus.

"So we are disappointed to announce that the 2020 Lismore Lantern Parade must be postponed.

"However, we are a truly positive bunch at LightnUp and we believe we have a role in bringing the whole community together in a special celebration - we did it in 2017 after Cyclone Debbie and we plan to do it once again after COVID-19."

Lismore Lantern Parade is an annual community event held on or around the longest night of the year, the Winter Solstice.

The event attracts approximately 30,000 people each year and is estimated to contribute $3.4 million to the local economy.