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Machynlleth Halloween Parade (Wales)

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Celebrate the annual carnival!

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      07.02.2008 14:57
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      I have had a home by Machynlleth for years and it is a fabulous town in Mid Wales and after so many years and visiting there literally hundreds of times, I am still not bored of it at all. At Halloween they put on a beautiful lantern parade every year which is definitely worth going to and now I will let you know why if you are near, go because it is brilliant to see. First how do you find Machynlleth: Machynlleth Powys SY20 8AG This will get you right into the heart of the town. By car it is pretty easy as there are a few car parks which have plenty of spaces and are only a couple of pounds to park for the day. By bus there are links to nearby towns and villages and then Machynlleth does boast its own train station which has links to a lot of places and I can get there straight from Birmingham new street so not that bad at all. When you are in Machynlleth for Halloween you will notice that the town really gets into it with decorations in shop windows and lights everywhere. On Halloween night is when you get all of the fun though. What happens is that the whole town's residents it seems make lanterns. Now people really get into it and you will have massive dragons with a few people holding them and then smaller ghost lanterns so that the little ones can have a go. There are hundreds of them and they are all made by putting a light inside a massive sculpture made by paper. You will find that the town gets very busy and everybody stands on the streets to watch the parade. Lots of people take part in the parade and it goes on for a while. It is such a nice thing to see a whole town getting into the spirit of things and joining together to make such a pretty parade. Everybody has fun and there is a procession of people making music so you have a really good vibe in the town and the atmosphere is buzzing with life. They walk through the town with their lanterns and then you can go to a nearby park where the fun continues. Here you pay a couple of pounds to get in some years but when there you will get entertainment in the form of people doing acrobats I have seen and I have also been there when they have done party games for the kids and tombolas and all sorts. You can get some drinks and food from the vans here too and just enjoy being out under the stars at Halloween having fun. They do have a fireworks show which is spectacular too and is well worth waiting around for. There are lots of people here so you do feel like you are seeing something great which is fantastic. All in all I think the Halloween parade at Machynlleth is fantastic and I do go every year to see it and never get bored. It is nice to see a whole town joining together for a night of fun and everybody really does have a great time. I love it there and Machynlleth is such a fantastic town anyway that having this parade just makes it seem even more brilliant. I recommend to all if you do get the chance. Thanks for reading. xxx

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