Bringing light to Kirkcaldy town centre with lantern parade this weekend

Frea Ritchie (6) and Rihanna Mullin (7) both Kirkcaldy making their lanterns for the parade. Picture by Steven Brown Photography.
Frea Ritchie (6) and Rihanna Mullin (7) both Kirkcaldy making their lanterns for the parade. Picture by Steven Brown Photography.

Kirkcaldy town centre will be filled with light on Saturday as the annual lantern parade and festive light switch on takes place.

Over the last three weeks, free workshop sessions have been held in The Mercat, where people have been invited to make their own lanterns to take part in the parade.

And now, everyone is invited to attend the festive events.

The procession will begin from outside the entrance to The Mercat at 4.45pm and, from 4pm, those who have made lanterns during the workshop sessions will be able to pick them up from the shop unit opposite Superdrug, inside the shopping centre.

Those children who have made lanterns at school can pick up a free tealight for their lantern and glow sticks will also be available.

This year’s parade will be led by Fife-based drumming group Drumatik. Join the Carnival Drummers will also be taking part in the parade, and, as the procession moves through the town centre, the festive lights will be lit.

Once in the Town Square, those gathered will be treated to a performance of ‘The Bringing of the Light’ by pupils from seven local schools – Fair Isle, Torbain, St Marie’s, North, Dunnikier, West and Burntisland. Recordings of their performances will be projected on to the Town House. Leno Pancetta, from Torbain Primary, will be performing the solo.

Following this performance, there will be a six-minute firework display.

Entertainment in the square will also be provided by community radio station K107 and the Kirkcaldy and District Pipe Band.

Organisers hope everyone will come along and get in the festive spirit, even if they have not created a lantern. Glow sticks and tealights will be available.

They advise those attending that the fireworks will be loud and debris from them may fall in the vicinity.