Winter Carnival Lantern Parade celebrates proud local tradition


A PROUD local tradition of marches and processions will be celebrated at the Tameside Winter Carnival lantern parade on Saturday 18 November.



Families and community groups from across the area will come together for the spectacular free event, which will light up the streets with amazing lanterns, vibrant costumes, music and dancing.


The theme is Pageants of the Past and Present – celebrating traditional Tameside marches and parades such as Whit Friday and Cotton Queens while also looking at contemporary international carnivals.


The parade will start at 6pm and follow the same route in Ashton town centre as last year – starting on Katherine Street, heading down Stamford Street and ending with a fantastic finale – with Father Christmas and a lights switch on - in Old Cross Street Car Park from 6.45pm. Stamford Street is the perfect spot for spectators to get the best view of the parade going past.


Individuals, families and community groups who would like to take part in the parade may book onto one following lantern making workshops by calling 0161 342 4144 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – please note that booking your place beforehand is essential:


  • Saturday 4th November,  Astley Cheetham Gallery, Stalybridge 11.00-14.00


  • Sunday 5th November, Portland Basin Museum, Ashton 11.00-14.00


  • Saturday 11th November, Portland Basin Museum, Ashton 11.00-14.00


  • Sunday 12th November, Portland Basin Museum, Ashton 11.00-14.00


Tameside Council has successfully applied for £15k Arts Council funding to stage the event and will be working with Global Grooves, which grows local artistic talent.


Old Cross Street car park will be closed on the day of parade but there will be plenty of alternative parking  in the town. See


Tameside Council Deputy Executive Leader Cllr John Taylor said: “Tameside Winter Carnival promises to be a wonderful event – bringing together groups and communities from across the borough in a fantastic celebration of Tameside’s cultural past as well as contemporary arts and pageants.


“It will launch five weekends of festive family fun in Ashton – Tameside Christmas Market will start on 24-26 November and run for three weekends and Ashton Christmas Farmers’ Market, which will offer free land train rides, will be held on 17 December. There will be something for everyone to enjoy.”



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