The 2018 Parade in full detail

Only 7 days to go until we kick off the 2018 Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade!

Oh my days! We’re nearly there!

The Committee is putting the final touches together for next Saturday, so now would be a good time to give you the information you need so that you can be prepped and ready to go on Saturday 8th December.

First up, you need to know that the fun starts at 4pm, with the Parade leaving from the starting point at 430pm.

But what else do you need to know to be fully Parade-ready?

Where do you need to be?

If you are taking part in the Parade with a school or community group, please meet at the agreed time and place in Brewery Court, just behind Mark’s Bread and the Bristol Beer Factory & Taproom.

If you are registered for the #bemmymix group, get yourself and your lanterns to the Lanterns HQ at the corner North Street and St Francis Road and then go join the group at 330pm and no later than 4pm.

If you aren’t registered to participate in the Parade, you are not covered by our Parade insurance, so you won’t be able to walk in the Parade this year. For your own safety please find yourself a good viewing spot and enjoy the lanterns and music.

What’s the route?

The route is mostly the same this year, with one tiny addition.

The Parade sets off on the street a smidge further down from Aldi on North Street. Starting from Brewery Court, the Parade follows our usual route down North Street and Canon Street.

We turn right just after the London Inn and continue along British Road. As ever, the Parade finishes up at South Street outside Compass Point School for a snack and hot drink, some splendid fireworks and the chance to get a close-up look at the lanterns.

What’s happening when?

Once again, this year the main roads on the route will be closed to traffic from 3pm until 6pm, so you can enjoy the event without traffic getting in the way. You’ll have a bit of time before the start of the Parade to soak up the BS3 atmosphere and check out the bands at a few key locations on the route, but do make sure you find a good viewing spot before the event kicks off.
The Parade starts at 430pm and will wind up about an hour later. The firework display is set for just a little after 6pm.

What will the fashionable 2018 Parade goer be wearing?

The emphasis is on warm and comfortable clothing, with sensible footwear a must. It will be dark and chilly and nobody’s got time for a chill.

How to stay safe on the Parade

Safety is the most important thing – literally the most important thing – to the Committee and we have worked to make the Parade safe for everybody.

As mentioned before, the Parade route will be closed to traffic from 3pm-6pm, and we have recruited volunteers to act as marshals along the way.

Here’s how you can keep you and yours safe too.

Firstly, absolutely no unaccompanied children. Please keep any smallfolk close by you at all times.

If you are a taking part in the Parade, make sure you stay with your group and follow the instructions from the marshals who are walking with you. Please follow any directions from the Parade stewards – they are there to help make sure the Parade goes smoothly and safely.
Finally, please follow any instructions the Route Masters, Safety Officer or Parade Leader give you.

If you are not a registered participant, please don’t join the Parade. It is dangerous to do so and causes total chaos.

Please don’t cut through the Parade – even if you see friends or family on the other side – just wait until the Parade has passed. If you are watching the Parade with children, please keep them with you on the edge of the route, and don’t let them nip into the Parade.

What else is there to do on the day?

Bedminster is full of nice places to shop, grab a bite to eat or have a drink. Make sure you remember you pocket money so you can so make the most of your afternoon. There will also be some stalls at the end of the Parade, including the fantastic Hopper Coffee Van.

We are, once again, collecting donations during the Parade – you will see some super bucket-carrying Parade volunteers walking along the route. Keep an eye out for the buckets and bung your donation in as they go past.

Are pets allowed?

Our pets are part of our family and we love being with them, but they won’t love the event.

There’s no rule against you bringing along your pet, but it will be very noisy and crowded and the fireworks at the end will make it more so. Maybe leave them at home if you are worried.

I’m a social creature! I need to get social!

Get social with us then! Our hashtags this year are #bemmylanterns and #bwlp2018, so feel free to go nuts with the pix and vids and tweet us (@bemmylanterns), share to our Facebook page (bemmylanterns), tag us on Instagram (@bemmylanterns), or even email us at info@bwlp.org.uk.

See you in 7 days!

Love from the #bemmylanterns team

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