Lismore's CBD has had some dark hours since the flood hit in February, but in just a few weeks time, the Lantern Parade will bring light back to the heart.
Last year, the pandemic forced organisers to move the event to the Lismore showground, but this year, it's back in the CBD.
Organiser Jyllie Jackson was excited to bring the event back on June 25, but said it hasn't been without it's challenges.
LightnUps' workshop in Keen St was inundated by eight metres of water, causing damage to many lanterns. But, some of the stars of the Lantern Parade are safe.
"We've lost a lot, but our signature lanterns are safe - Pegasus, Mother Earth and the dragon - they will all be there," she said.
Organisers only got the word a few weeks ago that the parade could proceed in the CBD, so it has been a frantic time getting ready.
Also, the power has not been fully restored to the area. While the parade brings its own light, it's added an "interesting challenge".
"What else can you do? You've got to do it," Jyllie said.
Market Deluxe will be there, as will the music stage, the parade, and the Fiery Finale.
Parts of Carrington St and Magellan St will be closed for the event, which kicks off at midday.
Lantern carriers will assemble in Magellan St near the library, then proceed down Molesworth St to Victoria St, for the fiery finale near the skatepark.
Due to ongoing rain, the finale cannot be held at it's usual location on the riverbank, but will make move onto the levee, with crowd gathering on the grass and street below.
The theme of this year's event is Our Healing Heart, and is an opportunity to "begin to make peace with our beautiful river - it will be healing for everybody", Jyllie said.
There will be a few surprises for the community, but the flood, the bravery of rescuers, and the resilience of the community will all feature.
Lanterns shaped like tinnys are being made and will be carried alongside the SES to honour their roles in the rescue effort.
And hearts will surely be seen in abundance.
There is still much to do in preparation, and Jyllie asked if volunteers could help prepare for the event - mending and making lanterns, and carrying them on the night.
She has also requested people wear masks to the parade to limit the risk of COVID spreading.
If you can help, register at www.lismorelanternparade.com.au
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