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 Making Workshops are now open for the 2014 Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade

Celebrate the opening of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine with the annual Lantern Parade, this year on September 6!

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. This event has grown to attract such large crowds that it now officially opens the temporary art exhibition each year on the first Saturday after Labor Day. The glowing procession of light, music, and color carry over the entire length of the Eastside Trail as the parade winds from Irwin Street near Krog Street up to Piedmont Park. Art on the Atlanta BeltLine 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!


2014 Lantern Parade

Back for the fifth year in a row, the 2014 Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade will take place on September 6.

  • 7:30 p.m.: Parade line-up is in the Atlanta BeltLine corridor between Irwin Street and DeKalb Avenue with a tailgate party in the parking lot at Krog & Irwin. Irwin Street will be closed between Auburn & Krog.
  • 8:30 p.m.: The parade steps off with The Seed & Feed Marching Abominables leading the way!
  • 8:45 p.m.: The Black Sheep Ensemble step off!
  • 9:00 p.m.: Mausuki Scales & the Common Ground Collective steps off!
  • 9:30 p.m.: Wasted Potential Brass Band brings it on home!

The parade route goes to Piedmont Park (2 miles) where everyone is invited to relax in the grassy lawn outside Park Tavern. For more details on how to get there and back, what to wear, what to expect, and more, please see our event on facebook (you can RSVP there, too!).


Lantern Workshop Schedule

Not sure how to get started making a lantern?  Join us for creative, fun lantern making workshops where you can learn how to create globe lanterns, illuminated lantern hats, or even custom design your own forms using bamboo! The workshops will be held at Lantern House, 589 Ralph McGill Atlanta, GA 30312 (Lantern House is graciously on loan to the lantern parade from George DeMeglio, who will be opening Il Gusto Bistro there in the fall of 2015). The workshops are taught by Chantelle Rytter with the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons.

One little room of the house will be the Little Lantern Store where you can get supplies from the Krewe to make your lantern at home. You can stop by during workshop hours. Please bring cash for these items. Additionally, you can buy an Atlanta BeltLine pre-printed lantern here on shop.beltline.org if you don’t have time to decorate! Or buy that one and add to it! You can have it shipped to you or pick up at the Lantern House.

On Thursdays, there will be kid-free BYOB workshops. Cheers! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Globe Lanterns

We are tricking out 18” round paper lanterns with colored papers, glue, and marker. They go on a 5’ bamboo stick with a 3-LED battery operated light, so you can hold up your light and dance! These lanterns can be as simple or complex as you wish. You can easily finish this lantern in an hour or you can luxuriate with fabulous details and finish it at home! This is the best choice for small children with a dedicated assistant. Space is limited to 30. All materials, light, and batteries included. $20

Saturday, August 2, 10am-1pm ** SOLD OUT! **

Monday August 4, 1pm-4pm Register Here 

Wednesday, August 6, 6:30pm-9:30pm ** SOLD OUT **

Saturday, August 9, 10am-1pm ** SOLD OUT! **

Wednesday, August 13, 7-10pm (kid-free workshop, BYOB) Register Here

Saturday, August 16, 10am-1pm ** SOLD OUT! **

Thursday, August 21, 7pm-10pm (kid-free workshop, BYOB) ** SOLD OUT! **

Sunday, August 24, 2pm-5pm ** SOLD OUT! **

Wednesday, September 3, 6:30pm – 9:30 pm Register Here

Medium Sized Bamboo Forms

If you like to build things, you will love this stuff! We are using flat bamboo and tape. It is all friendly and bendy. You get twelve 4’ pieces of flat bamboo and a 5’ pole to make anything you’d like. We will cover the forms with plastic wrap and apply paper. These lanterns can take every bit of three hours and you might still finish at home. These are best for ages 8 and up. Space is limited to 18. All materials, light, and batteries included. $20

Saturday, August 2, 2pm-5pm ** SOLD OUT **

Thursday, August 7, 7pm-10pm (kid-free workshop, BYOB) ** SOLD OUT! **

Saturday, August 9, 2pm-5pm ** SOLD OUT! **

Wednesday, August 20, 6:30pm-9:30pm ** SOLD OUT! **

Saturday, August 23, 10am-1pm ** SOLD OUT! **

Saturday, August 23, 2pm-5pm ** SOLD OUT! **

Tuesday, September 2, 6:30pm – 9:30pm Register Here

Lantern Hats

We all need these! We are building super tall illuminated top hats using flat bamboo and a base hat. We will wrap the bamboo top in plastic wrap and apply paper. These are best for ages 8 and up. Space is limited to 30. All materials, light, and batteries included. $20

Thursday, August 14, 7pm-10pm (kid-free workshop, BYOB) ** SOLD OUT! **

Saturday, August 16, 10am-2pm ** SOLD OUT! **

Thursday, August 28, 7pm-10pm (kid-free workshop, BYOB) ** SOLD OUT! **

Large Bamboo Forms

So you want to go BIG! YES! You get all the bamboo you’d like and a string of 20 lights! Unless you would prefer three 3-LED tap lights. Your only size restriction is that it must fit out of the door. Depending on how ambitious you are, you may finish in four hours, but most likely you will finish at home. This is a great project for two people. Drop Chantelle (c@chantellerytter.com) a line and tell her about what you want to build and she will try to help you figure it out! Bring your lunch or the group can order out. Space is limited to 10. All materials, lights, and batteries included. $40

Sunday, August 3, 2pm-6pm ** SOLD OUT! **

Sunday, August 17, 2pm-6pm ** SOLD OUT! **


The Buzz Around the Lantern Parade

Eileen Mross says: August 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm 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.

Lauren says: August 28, 2013 at 3:30 pm 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: August 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm I missed the parade last year but saw photos and thought it was just beautiful. Can’t wait for this year!

Muriel says: August 28, 2013 at 5:16 pm I love the lantern parade because it brings people in Atlanta out of their houses and gets them more involved in the community and the arts. They get to know the city a bit better and grow a sense of pride and support local artists along the way.

Denise Duplinski says: August 28, 2013 at 5:56 pm 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: August 28, 2013 at 9:12 pm 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: August 28, 2013 at 9:28 pm 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: August 29, 2013 at 1:02 pm 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: August 29, 2013 at 1:14 pm 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: August 29, 2013 at 1:19 pm It’s always wonderful to see the light breaking through in the sky! That’s why!

Jim Holycross says: August 29, 2013 at 2:27 pm 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: August 29, 2013 at 5:57 pm We love watching the dancing lights of the lantern parade! Its a magical experience of art, hope and neighborly love!

Susan Schmieding says: August 30, 2013 at 2:03 pm The Lantern Parade is such a cool idea and so special because it brings the community together in several beautiful, joyful ways — through free courses to create your own lantern which you can then use in Parade or just by watching the display of glowing lights along with family, friends and neighbors. I hope this continues as a yearly Atlanta tradition. Thank you for bringing this to our community!

Bev says: August 30, 2013 at 11:52 pm 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: September 2, 2013 at 9:50 pm My favorite event of last year! Can’t wait for this year!

Abby says: September 3, 2013 at 8:35 pm Last August, I moved to Atlanta for what I thought would be a year-long foray out of the midwest and into the heart of the South. Less than two weeks after I moved, before I had finished unpacking my boxes, a friend suggested we go to a nighttime parade. We had no idea what to expect, and we got lost several times on our way. When we finally arrived, we were dazzled, swept up by the lights, the laughter, the sense of community, and the creative energy sizzling through the night. We stood together and watched towering caterpillars, winged creatures, and dancing figures. I knew then that Atlanta had charmed me, had gotten hold of me, and that it would be difficult to leave. It’s a year later now, and I’m still in Atlanta, getting ready to bring new friends to the parade for the first time. I expect that they too will leave joyful, dazed, and a little bit in love.

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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. In 2013, the parade had more than 10,000 – yes, 10,000! – 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

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