Each spring the Sharrow Lantern Carnival illuminates streets to the south of the city with a huge parade of wild and wonderful creations.
Run by volunteers from Creative Action Network, the event sees people get together over workshops ahead of the big day to create lanterns on a different theme each year. Take part in some of the Sharrow Lantern Carnival 2020 workshops to craft your own lantern on weekends or Tuesday evenings throughout March (full dates below). Lantern makers and anyone else eager to join the parade can gather at Mount Pleasant Park on carnival evening, before setting off in the direction of the General Cemetery accompanied by musicians, where the festivities continue with more music and more lanterns.
Gather at Mount Pleasant Park from 7pm, parade starts at 7:30pm and arrives at the General Cemetery at 8:30pm.
Saturdays and Sunday workshops –
1-5pm at The Old Junior School, South View Road, S7 1DB
February – Sat 22nd, Sun 23rd, Sat 29th.
March – Sun 1st, Sat 7th, Sun 8th, Sat 14th, Sun 15th, Sat 21st, Sun 22nd, Sat 28th, Sun 29th.
Tuesday evening workshops
5-8pm at St Mary's Church, Bramall Lane, S2 4QZ.
March – Tues 3rd, Tues 10th, Tues 17th, Tues 24th, Tues 31st.
All materials are provided and workshops are free, with donations welcome.
Thanks to Sasha Lee Photography for sharing these beautiful photos of the 2018 carnival.