The first incarnation of the Harbour of Light Parade® was the Harbour of Light Marine Lantern Parade, staged on New Year’s Eve in 1999 as part of Sydney’s millennium celebrations. The parade involved 20 sea creature-themed Chinese lanterns on barges, parading on Sydney Harbour. A flotilla of illuminated vessels continues to be part of Sydney New Year’s Eve celebrations and, under the direction of the City of Sydney, has become known as the Harbour of Light Parade®.