2013 Art on the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade

The 2013 Lantern Parade brought over 10,000 participants to the Eastside Trail, marking the beginning of the annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition. Photo Credit: Sinan Sinharoy


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Lantern Parade

Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade, sponsored by Atlanta Medical Center

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine officially opens each year with the annual Lantern Parade! Over 20,000 revelers joined us in 2014 - will you join us for the next parade on September 12, 2015?!

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade Every year, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine has celebrated our exhibition with a captivating and energetic Lantern Parade, hosted by the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons. The glowing procession of light, music, and color carry over the entire length of the Eastside Trail, opening Art on the Atlanta BeltLine the Saturday after Labor Day each year. The Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition and the Lantern Parade are free and open to the public. Your participation is the magic of the Lantern Parade. Hold up a light for the Atlanta BeltLine! Check out our Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade gallery!

See you there?

Line-up begins at 7:15 p.m. at Irwin and Krog Street. Step-off will be at 8:15 p.m. and the parade will go north to Piedmont Park. Five amazing bands will also join the parade:

*8:15 – The Seed & Feed Marching Abominables

*8:30 – Wasted Potential Brass Band

*8:45 – Mausiki Scales and the Common Ground Collective

*9:00 – The Freedom Marching Band

*9:15 – The Black Sheep Ensemble

Make a Lantern!

Want to make a lantern for the parade, but need help getting started? Check out our schedule of lantern workshops to see what strikes your fancy! There’s a workshop for everyone!

Click here to browse the calendar and register for a Lantern Parade workshop!



2014 Lantern Parade

The 2014 Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade was a fantastic event that drew more than 20,000 people to the Eastside Trail to parade with bright, glowing lanterns. Read a recap of this amazing night, and be sure to check out all Art on the Atlanta BeltLine has to offer in 2015!

The Buzz Around the Lantern Parade

Lauren says: The Beltline lantern parade is the city’s most inspired and fascinating way to bring people of all ages, backgrounds and interests together to celebrate the physical space and path that will connect all our communities in so many different ways.

Karen says: I missed the parade last year but saw photos and thought it was just beautiful. Can’t wait for this year!

Denise Duplinski says: I have attended several of the past lanterns parades – including the one that circled the Old 4th Ward park. I now live just off the East Side Trail and was thrilled to participate and also watch last years HUGE gathering! I love the Belt Line and am looking forward to being able to access all the in town neighborhoods when it’s completed. I moved from suburban Ohio to live in a city that offered a variety of arts and cultural events. I got exactly that by moving to in town Atlanta! I couldn’t be happier to live in the O4W and be a big cheerleader for the BeltLine!

Tony Says: I love the lantern parade because it helps bring people out to enjoy the city and its art in a new “light” :-) Plus it helps promote the belt line! All-in-all, great stuff!

Krista Sorrells says: My little girl just loves going to the lantern parade! She would be over the moon if she won and got to carry the beautiful lantern Chantelle Rytter made. We love the parade because it is so magical seeing all the lanterns and the artistic people!

Kimba says: I love parades and the beautiful glow of lanterns – what is not to love? Can’t wait to bring my children and husband along to see the sights.

Rachel says: I’ve been on a one woman mission to get all my friends to make lanterns and join me this year go the parade. Wouldn’t it be nice if I could give mine to a friend that ran out of time & couldn’t make one while still having one myself? Also, I can’t WAIT to bring my in laws this weekend to see the new art! (Our friend Rthan from SCAD has some work going up). Good luck to whomever the lucky winner is! This year’s parade is gonna be overwhelming with so many people & lanterns!

Julia says: It’s always wonderful to see the light breaking through in the sky! That’s why!

Jim Holycross says: Went to the parade last year and had the best time nice to be outside and see the art in the night. And the lantern looks great :)

Heather says: We love watching the dancing lights of the lantern parade! Its a magical experience of art, hope and neighborly love!

Bev says: Just found out about the Lantern Parade and would love to have a beautiful lantern to be able to participate in this great event with my family.

Andy says: My favorite event of last year! Can’t wait for this year!

Eileen Mross says: Personally I have not been able to attend the lantern parade but I “live” the experience through pictures online. The representation of all of that beautiful light brought to the dark of night reminds me of the beauty of “seeing” something at last after the darkness of neglect, indifference or ignorance.

Join the Discussion

  1. mamawendo says:

    is there a date set for the 2015 lantern parade? do not want to miss this again!

    • Jenny Pittam says:

      The Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade will always be the first Saturday after Labor Day! It will move to different parts of the Atlanta BeltLine as they open up.

  2. Mike Jones says:

    How does one find out more about participating in the parade?

    • Jenny Pittam says:

      Hi Mike,
      You can stay tuned to art.beltline.org/lantern-parade for details as we get closer to the event, but mark your calendar for September 12, 2015 (the parade is always the first Saturday after Labor Day). It begins at dusk and all you have to do is show up – with an illuminated object of some kind, of course! We look forward to seeing you there!

  3. K girl says:

    Do people wear costumes? Where do you get a lantern??

  4. Bev Guyer says:

    How far is the walk from Piedmont Park to the area where the lantern parade starts?

  5. Lecia says:

    Are dogs allowed?

    • nicole says:

      Dogs are fine, but be aware that there could be tens of thousands of people at the parade, so make sure you keep your dog leashed & close to you!

  6. Dairac says:

    This sounds super interesting, this is my first time even hearing about it. How do I sign up or how can I walk or watch it up close?

    • nicole says:

      No need to sign up – all you have to do is show up! Bring a lantern to the Eastside Trail at Irwin Street on September 12 and help us light the trail!

  7. Jacquie says:

    What time does the parade start? I saw there are 2 dates the 11th and 12th. Is that true?

  8. Jenny Pittam says:

    Yes, leashed dogs are permitted in the Lantern Parade! Decorating pets is also encouraged.

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History of the Lantern Parade

While lantern parades have wound through city streets and waterways around the globe for centuries, the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade debuted on the Atlanta art scene in 2010. This annual event is graciously hosted by the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons and, in 2012, grew to embrace 1,200 participants and tailgaters along the parade route. By 2014, the parade had more than 20,000 – yes, 20,000! – paraders and spectators come out for the fun.

The Lantern Parade is a beautiful illustration of how the brilliance of individuals can illuminate a community.

Chantelle Rytter, Captain of the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons

Join Us



Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park

Festival Admission:
FREE (both days!)

Lantern Parade Viewing Party:
$40/adult, $20/children under 16, Children under 6 Free

Lantern Workshops:
$30/adult, $20/children under 16, Children under 6 Free

Learn more

2014 Art on the Atlanta BeltLine Schedule

Browse our brochure for a schedule of performances and map of visual exhibits.

Download Brochure →

Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, presented by City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs and 10th & Monroe

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Homestead Foundation

Media Sponsor

WABE 90.1FM & PBA30 TV

Patron Sponsor

Arnika Dawkins Gallery
For more information about Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, please contact:
Elan Buchen
Project Coordinator
Art & Design Atlanta BeltLine

Phone: 404-477-3636
Email: ebuchen@atlbeltline.org

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Jenny Odom
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Phone: 404-477-3659
Email: jodom@atlbeltline.org
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