By Conor O'Reilly (Year 11)

On Friday 10 June, 25 Nudgee College men, along with Mr Ellison, travelled to South Bank to participate in the Multicultural Development Association’s (MDA) annual LUMINOUS Lantern Parade. Now in its ninth year, the event proudly showcases Queensland’s multiculturalism, and welcomes and supports refugees.

Upon arrival at South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt, we were met with hundreds of beautiful, hand-crafted lanterns of all shapes and sizes, portraying iconic animals, locations and characters. Additionally, there was a concert of various acts performing music and dance from around the world, as well as various food stalls offering traditional foreign delicacies.

Nudgee College had the honour of parading three lanterns depicting creatures from Where the Wild Things Are. These were so large that each required three people to operate it, including a person inside who controlled its body movement, and a person moving each arm. Those who weren’t responsible for a lantern carried signs or banners, displaying various messages of support for refugees.

At 6.00pm the lanterns were lit and the parade began. Thousands of spectators lined the path, which began at the forecourt and ended at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). They were greeted with a grand spectacle of colourful, glowing structures, which came alive as they danced and swayed, amazing adults and children alike. 

We were joined by other ERA for Change schools, including St Rita’s and Gregory Terrace, as well as representatives from various organisations and groups across Brisbane. Together we celebrated our state’s cultural diversity, and welcomed refugees into our community.

The LUMINOUS Lantern Parade was a wonderful experience, and I would like to thank Mr Ellison for allowing us to be involved in the event, as well as all of the people who showed up to support the cause.