Join the Opening Parade


To kick off this year’s First Light Festival, we’re creating a big Opening Parade which will come through the town, and everyone in Lowestoft is invited to be involved!

Made up of individuals, schools, community groups and local businesses, and featuring large-scale puppets, it’s a great chance to join in the fun and celebrate Lowestoft during the Festival.

The parade is part of Hi! Street Fest, an exciting nation-wide project with Emergency Exit Arts that celebrates the resilience of the high street across 6 English towns.


Upcoming Workshops

The Big Knit, 10am-2pm, Wednesday 12 April at East Point Pavilion, Free
Gather your crochet hooks and knitting needles for a community knit-along to create bunting for our parade route. Learn as you go or lend a helping hand in this peer-led knit and natter.
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Teachers CPD Session with Re-Utilise, 10.30am-12.30pm Thursday 27 & Saturday 29 April, Free
Want to find out how to make animal masks with your students? If you’re a teacher or teaching assistant and want to join, email Jen at

Sea Spirit Making Workshop, 10.30am-12.30pm Saturday 20 & 10:30-12.30pm Wednesday 31 May at East Point Pavilion, Free
Join in our big making session as we create jellyfish umbrellas, star fish wands and a whole host of underwater friends to join us on the parade.
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Urban Animal Mask Making Workshop, 1-3pm Thursday 1 June at East Point Pavilion, Free
Create your own urban animal mask to wear on the parade route and help us welcome a very exciting visitor to Lowestoft.
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Join in the Parade

Up for joining us as we dance, spin and march through Lowestoft as part of our Opening Parade? If you’d like to join in, let our Arts Producer know to count you in by emailing her at

Get your business involved

As the parade will come through the town, we’re asking local businesses to get involved by dressing their shops in bright greens and blues over the First Light weekend. If you don’t have time to create your own decorations, we’ll have special bunting packs you can pick up from East Point Pavilion.

If you’d like to be even more involved, we’re looking for a few shops to host special parade posters in their windows. To chat about how your business can get involved, email Jen at



About Hi! Street Fest

Our Opening Parade is part of Hi! Street Fest, a nation-wide project from Emergency Exit Arts in partnership with Historic England that celebrates high streets up and down the country.

Click here to find out more about Hi! Street Fest & Emergency Exit Arts

Click here to find out more about Historic England