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Lantern show, sugar painting to illuminate free carnival in Coquitlam

World of Love is set for the Labour Day long weekend at Town Centre Park, and here's what patrons can expect from the multicultural event.

A festival set to display vibrant lights, colours and displays is coming to Coquitlam at the tail end of summer.

The World of Love Multicultural Carnival has been tapped for the Labour Day long weekend in acknowledging the diversity of the Tri-Cities and Metro Vancouver regions.

Over two days, organizers say more than 250 singers, dancers and musicians from different ethnic groups are set to perform on the TD Community Plaza stage in Town Centre Park.

But two of the key attractions of the free carnival are set to dazzle the minds of all interested patrons.

A lantern show will be set up while walking through the park, primarily featuring Qinhuai River style lanterns from Nanjing, China.

Dragons, swans and other colourful characters will be lit up in presenting plenty of photo opportunities.

As well, attendees can learn how to make a lantern through a crafts and painting workshop.

World of Love will also give residents the chance to try their hand at sugar painting, which is a form of traditional Chinese folk art using hot, liquid sugar to create two dimensional objects, typically done on a marble or metal surface.

Other booths at the carnival include face painting, paper cutting, incense-oriented games, tea making, Chinese calligraphy and food vendors.

"You will get to learn about the different cultures and heritages while having a great time," World of Love's event description reads.

The multicultural carnival is slated for Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, you can visit the carnival's website, call the event organizers at 604-888-5989 or send an email to worldoflovecarnival@gmail.com