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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?!
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!
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.