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Big Events Diwali celebrations to light up Watford

The next in the Big Events series is set to bring colour, lights and culture to the heart of Watford.

Diwali on The Parade, a free event, takes place from 12pm-5pm on Sunday 25 October and is linked with Diwali at the Palace – a vibrant Diwali dance celebration being shown at Watford Palace Theatre.

Building on last year’s event, this will be even more magical, with a host of dance and musical performances, and hands-on workshops.

People can try mehndi and gopi dot painting and even have a go at making a floating lantern. Visitors can also spend time at the Diwali craft and food market, where they can pick up a variety of treats and tasty delicacies.

As darkness hits, the Festival of Light celebration will bring everyone together in a procession to the pond – everyone is welcome to join in with tea lights and lanterns. Here the event will be brought to a breathtaking end with a flame and pyrotechnics display set to Indian classical music.

Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said: “I really enjoyed last year’s event – especially seeing the children’s faces as the lanterns were paraded down the High Street. This year’s Diwali event will be a sumptuous celebration for everyone to enjoy. People will have the chance to try some new and wonderful things – I’m delighted that we can bring such vibrancy to our town.”

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