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A huge banana, a bright flamingo and a striking giraffe lit up the streets of a Sheffield suburb for a special parade.

Incredible lanterns created by more than 1,000 Sheffielders bobbed through the streets lighting up the night sky above Mount Pleasant Park for the annual Sharrow Lantern Festival.

Sharrow Lantern Festival - Life On Earth 2015'Picture by Dean Atkins

Sharrow Lantern Festival - Life On Earth 2015'Picture by Dean Atkins

The popular family event attracted large crowds as local residents and visitors paraded through Sharrow carrying hand-crafted lights made from willow, tissue paper and string.

The festival was organised by the Creative Action Network, which has been staging free lantern-making workshops for several weeks to help participants get creative.

The theme of this year’s festival – which started 11 years ago as a way to remember the end of the Iraq war – was life on earth.

Festival director Luisa Golob, managing director of Creative Action Network, said the parade was better than ever. She said: “It was absolutely brilliant. I say this every year, but this year was the best ever.

“There was an absolutely fantastic atmosphere and everyone got involved. It felt really busy, really fun and really energetic.

“The lanterns get better each year. There was huge banana, a seahorse and there was also a basking whale with little fishes hanging from its mouth. It was nice for me to see a lot of the lanterns. Although we run the workshops, a lot of people make them at home and in different locations so the parade is a fantastic opportunity to see all these wonderful creations.