Lantern Parade

The Lantern Parade kicks off the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition and brought out a whopping 66,000 participants in 2016. Photo: Sinan Sinharoy.


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Lantern Parade

Join us for one of Atlanta's favorite new traditions - the Lantern Parade!


Created and hosted by Chantelle Rytter and the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons, the Lantern Parade marks the beginning of the annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition, the largest temporary art exhibition in the south! Come join the fun on September 10, 2016!

Parade weekend kicks off the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine annual exhibition, which will be held early September through mid-November. Check out the continuing exhibition on the trails right now and we’ll see you for more later this year!

The History of the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade

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, created and hosted by Chantelle Rytter and 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.

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. In 2012, the event grew to embrace 1,200 participants and tailgaters along the parade route. The 2015 Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade blew apart everyone’s expectations by drawing more than 60,000 people to the Eastside Trail to parade with bright, glowing lanterns.

Return here for updates as the event approaches.

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 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. Jenny Pittam says:

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

  3. Mike Jones says:

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

    • Jenny Pittam says:

      Hi Mike,
      You can stay tuned to 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!

      • Cameron says:

        When do you guys plan to update this page for 2015? It’s less than 2 weeks away and there isn’t anything about 2015 here at all. Is it still happening?

        • Jenny Pittam says:

          Hi Cameron, the page has been updated with the 2015 info for some time, but we did just add a flyer (top right) with more logistical details which should be helpful. Thank you!

  4. K girl says:

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

  5. Bev Guyer says:

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. Jacquie says:

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

  9. Robyn says:

    I have a handicap parking sticker and am looking for a place to sit and watch the parade where I don’t have to walk far – love this event but broke my foot over the summer so can’t walk in it this year. Where can I park and get to a close place to watch?

    • Jenny Pittam says:

      Sorry to hear about your foot but glad you’re planning on coming out! You may want to do some scouting this week to see what handicap spots are available on nearby streets (as most of the available parking is on-street parking). Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark will be in use for the Old Fourth Ward Fall Festival, so parking will be unavailable there.

  10. LIsa G. says:

    Does the parade span the entire Beltline so that we can watch from any point on the trail or do we need to go the Old Fourth Ward area to watch?

    • Jenny Pittam says:

      Hi Lisa, the parade will go from the southern to the northern end of the paved Eastside Trail and you can watch from anywhere along the way (that has a place you can stand off of the trail), but we highly encourage you to participate!! Parking is generally located along street or in the paid lot at Park Tavern.

  11. Catherine says:

    Could you please give detailed instructions on getting to the parade using MARTA? Would the train stop be Inman Park or MLK? For those of us who can’t walk a great distance, which bus will put us closer to the beltline???


    • Jenny Pittam says:

      Hi Catherine, you can take MARTA to either stop – the Inman Park stop may be a little closer. I would check for the full bus schedule. The buses stop running around 8:30 or 9 on Saturday night, so you would be able to take a bus to the start, but you may want to plan to take a cab back to MARTA at the end of the parade. I hope that helps! – Jenny

  12. Glenda says:

    Where exactly is the gathering area shown on the map near North Avenue. Where is closest parking for this?

  13. terri says:

    where do the bands play? is it a certain location along the route?

    • Jenny Pittam says:

      Hi Terri, the bands will all be at the start line and then step off every 15 minutes when the parade starts at 8:15 p.m. They will walk the length of the parade and play in Piedmont Park at the end. Glad you’re coming out!

  14. Chris says:

    Hi! This is my first time hearing about his and I’d love to come out to watch, but I can’t quite get there at the 8:15 starting time. How long does the parade usually last? If I showed up towards the end of the parade route a little late would I still be able to see any of it?

    • Jenny Pittam says:

      Hi Chris, it will take the parade a couple of hours to wind from the southern to northern ends of the Eastside Trail and then the party continues on the green in Piedmont Park, so you should be able to catch it!

  15. Ed says:

    A parade of lanterns, neighbors, watchers, a very unique way to get out and show colors, ideas, feelings, emotions, memories! Light your night in a very simple way, let spirits of life,happiness, creativity, go in a parade to show and express yourself!!!

  16. Mony says:

    Is the beltline lantern parade only on the 11th and 12th or will you have another lantern parade soon?

    • Jenny Pittam says:

      Hi Mony, the next Lantern Parade will be on September 10, 2016. The Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest was on September 11 and 12 this year with the parade taking place on the evening of Sept 12.

  17. Julie says:

    Wonderful event!! However, restroom access or port a potties desperately needed.

    • Nicole Knox says:

      Hi Julie,

      The parade gets bigger every year – this year, we’ll have more restrooms located to accommodate the growing number of people.

      Hope to see you there!

  18. Jacquelyn Raphael says:

    Hello I would like to know how my Marching Band can a part of your wonderful parade this year. We are from Baltimore Maryland

  19. Julie says:

    When will there be a list uploaded of class dates for making lanterns for the 2016 parade?

    • Nicole Knox says:

      Hi Julie, We are very close to finalizing it and will post it here as soon as it’s ready – stay tuned for the schedule to come out within the next few days. Thank you!

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Lantern Parade Presenting Sponsor


2016 Event Details

Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail
at Irwin Street

660 Irwin St NE
Atlanta, GA, 30312

Date: Sep 10, 2016

Time: 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Parade Admission: Free

Become a Sponsor!

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine would not be possible without our incredible sponsors, and we want you to join our team! We offer many ways to get involved.

For more information on becoming an Art on the Atlanta BeltLine sponsor contact:

Salisha Evans
Director of Partnerships

Tel: (404) 446-4408
Fax: (404) 446-4403

2016 Sponsors

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Gold Sponsor

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Platinum Sponsor & Lantern Parade Presenting Sponsor

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Patron Sponsor

Weldon Foundation, Inc.
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Elan Buchen
Project Coordinator
Art & Design Atlanta BeltLine

Phone: 404-477-3636

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Communications & Media Relations Manager
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