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2014 City of Lights to kick off Truro's festive season

The City of Lights parade is an annual tradition Credit: Jon Crwys-Williams/EMPICS Entertainment

Thousands of people will be in Truro tonight for this year's City of Lights parade, which is themed 'Heroes', inspired by the First World War.

People from across the county come to see the procession of giant lanterns handmade by hundreds of local schoolchildren.

The event also marks the beginning of the city's festive celebrations.

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Thousands line streets for City of Lights festival

This year's theme was Kings and Queens Credit: ITV Westcountry

Thousands lined the streets of Truro tonight for the annual City of Lights festival.

The event sees giant lanterns paraded through the city centre to mark the start of the festive season.

More than 750 local school children spent weeks making the spectacular creations, this year with a royal theme.

Thousands expected for City of Lights festival

This year the lanterns will have a 'Kings and Queens' theme Credit: ITV Westcountry

Thousands of people are expected in Truro tonight for the annual City of Lights festival. Paper and withy lanterns - designed around the theme Kings and Queens - will be paraded through the town. School children, students and artists from across the county spend months making them.