Lantern festival promises to be spectacular, despite fire ban
Volunteers with the Victoria Park Lantern Festival have been scrambling to redesign their weekend light show because of the ban on fires in St. John's.
Earlier this week, the City of St. John's ordered a ban on all open fires.
Festival organizer Kathleen Parewick said volunteers have traditionally used tea light candles to illuminate the hundreds of lanterns at the festival.
St. John's Coun. Bernard Davis said the city has been working with the festival committee to find thousands of glow sticks, that will replace the tea lights.
Parewick said although the type of the lighting will be different, the show still promises to be spectacular.
"The character of the light, of course, from the glow sticks is very different from real flame candles as well, so it will definitely have a different look, so we have to keep that in mind as we redesign the plans for the weekend," she said.
Performers who use fire in their routines have also adjusted their plans — they're switching their torches for LED wands.
The Victoria Park Lantern Festival is scheduled to light up the skies on Saturday evening.