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.”