Diwali celebrations light up Northampton town centre

The annual Festival of Lights celebrations are organised by the Indian Hindu Welfare Organisation with support from Northampton Borough Council, and Festive Road was delighted to once again to be a key partner for the Diwali Parade.

In addition to Harminder, Shanti, Rama & Sita, Hanuman ji and Ravana, Festive Road created a new Ganesh puppet especially for this year's event.

We are also worked with a number of schools within the Northampton area making lanterns to help to illuminate the parade.

As an added bonus, we were also thrilled to showcase our new show ‘Dancing Maharajas’ produced by Festive Road and Cohesion Plus, and featuring Four by Four Bhangra. This promenade and processional performance with a life-size pedal-powered elephant , dancing Maharajas and musicians, is inspired by the culture of Northern India.The show captures the opulence, colour and vibrancy of the Sikh empire in India, and celebrates cultural diversity.

Neelam Aggarwal-Singh, chairperson for the Indian Hindu Welfare Organisation, said: “We’re excited to bring the Diwali celebrations to Northampton Market for the 19th year running. Although now an old tradition in the town, each year we work with local schools and communities to bring something new to the event, growing it from strength to strength.”

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety at NBC said: “The town’s Diwali celebrations are always a popular occasion, with families flocking into the town to enjoy the entertainment and see the lantern procession.

“As always, Festive Road have done an amazing job creating a fantastic procession of puppets, lanterns, drummers and school children.”

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