Hundreds of families showed their solidarity with others across the world as they joined in a community celebration.
Southwick Primary school launched its annual parade 13 years ago as its leaders aimed to bring people together during a time when the area was going through several big changes.
Now about 400 people take part, with last night’s given a theme of One World.
It follows the school’s work with those in Homs and Damascus, Syria, in previous years, which saw teachers take part in an exchange, and its ongoing relationships with the friends they made through the project.
The school has been taking part in a project called A Selfie For Syria, which has seen pupils and adults take a photo of themselves with a bear to raise awareness of the problems being faced by refugee.
The images have then been uploaded onto the school’s website, with cash being raised for the cause through donations.
Headteacher Trish StokerIt’s important that people what is happening and understand,
The parade also builds on the teaching work it does with its pupils on the United Nation’s children’s rights.
Headteacher Trish Stoker said: “We have looked through these situations through children’s eyes and compare our wonderful lives and homes to what the children in Syria are going through.
“It’s important that people know what is happening and understand, and the lanterns reflect our concerns.
“Our parents are amazing and really support what we are doing.”
Lanterns and paper artworks had been made by families during the last fortnight through workshops hosted by the Shakespeare Street school.