PICTURE GALLERY: Diwali Festival of Light made for spectacular sights in Northampton town centre

A spectacular Diwali parade through the town centre saw eight schools make their own mythical beings.
A spectacular Diwali parade through the town centre saw eight schools make their own mythical beings.

Northampton town centre was transformed into a spectacle of lights and mythical beings on Saturday night as part of the town’s Diwali celebrations.

A procession through the town at 6pm marked the highlight of Northampton’s 15th “Festival of Light” for the ancient Hindu festival.

Eight Northamptonshire primary schools created new mythical beings for the procession, supported by the carnival arts company.

To mark the event’s 15th anniversary, there were 15 groups in the parade including six Northampton Borough Council forums and the Northampton Inter Faith Forum. The parade was also attended by dignitaries including the Lord Lieutenant David Laing and the Mayor of Northampton Councillor Penny Flavell

The celebrations started at 10am with stalls on Market Place, followed by a series of workshops in henna, saree and the Karom board.