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Help Illuminate One of Atlanta's Great New Traditions!
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! Join us on September 9 for the Lantern Parade as we kick off the 2017 Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition!
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Each year, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine celebrates 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 illuminates the Eastside Trail on the first Saturday after Labor Day each year.
Join us on September 9 as the Lantern Parade kicks off the 2017 Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition! Check out a recap of the 2016 parade, and see photos from past parades in our Art on the Atlanta BeltLine photo gallery.
The Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade debuted on the Atlanta art scene in 2010, and has been growing ever since. In 2012, there were 1,200 participants and tailgaters along the parade route, and in 2015, the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade brought together more than 60,000 people for an awe-inspiring spectacle of lights and sounds.
“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
Lighting Up the Atlanta Night
- Learn how to make your own Lantern
- View the Lantern Parade photo gallery
- Watch Lantern Parade videos
- View photos from our sponsor Atlanta Trails
Colorful Displays Throughout the Year
Check out the continuing exhibition on the trails right now!
Join the Fun — Become a Volunteer
The Lantern Parade is one of the most popular public art activities. Volunteers will be overseeing crowd control; serving as parade marshals; helping with the bands; assisting people as they cross streets; and helping to keep the trail clean by picking up trash and recyclables. To learn more or to sign up to volunteer, visit at the Hands On Atlanta page.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Light It Up!
Hat lanterns, globe lanterns, lanterns big and small – there’s something for everyone. You can’t fully be a part of the lantern parade without a lantern! Our workshops are a fun, easy way to get ready for the big night!
Learn How to Make Lanterns
Hold up a light for the Atlanta BeltLine! Your creative participation is what makes the magic! Like the Lantern Parade, this workshop is created and hosted by Chantelle Rytter and the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons.
We will be posting 2017 Lantern Making Workshops as they become available.
Got A Burning Question? Let Us Shed Some Light!
The Lantern Parade has been growing exponentially every year since its inception in 2010. With thousands of participants and spectators, we know there are a lot of logistical questions. Hopefully we address those here.
So, how can you ensure a great time at the Lantern Parade? Just be sure to check off everything on this handy reference list:
- You need a lantern to walk in the parade.
- Yield to bands & large lanterns.
- Strut! And keep moving north.
- It’s a people parade; please leave your pets at home.
- Please walk your bike.
- No flying lanterns.
- Take your trash with you.
- Have a blast!
Do I need to be at line-up at 7:30 and ready to march at 8:30 sharp?
Can I join in the parade along the route?
Can I bring my dog?
Where can I watch the parade?
How many people do you think will attend this year’s lantern parade?
What about safety? Are first responders present?
Can I fly my drone?
Jenny Odom, firstname.lastname@example.org and 404-477-3659. We need to know who is flying where in order to prevent accidents.
How are we all supposed to fit in the Park when Music Midtown is there?
Can I set up a table and sell or promote my thing?
Do I need a lantern to walk in the parade?
Where do I get a lantern?
Can I set off flying lanterns? The flaming kind?
Registration and Admission
Does it cost anything to walk in the parade?
Do I need to register to walk in the parade? Do I need a ticket?
Where do I park?
Parade sponsor Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center is offering public parking in a prime location for access to the parade and the Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest on Saturday, Sept 10. Park in AMC’s Garage B (East Avenue (between Boulevard & MacKenzie Drive) for $6 and you’re just a short 10 minute walk from Historic Fourth Ward Park. The way will be marked with directional signs. Thanks to Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center for making this lot available to Parade participants!
Paid parking is also available in the Piedmont Park Parking Deck. Additional parking is available along neighborhood streets, including Edgewood Avenue at the beginning of the parade and 10th Street at the end of the parade.
Alternative transportation is also available. Many MARTA stations in the metro area offer free parking to transit riders. The Inman Park/Reynoldstown and King Memorial MARTA train stations are a few blocks away from the start of the event. The Midtown MARTA station is six blocks from the endpoint of the parade. For more information on MARTA train and bus schedules, please visit www.itsmarta.com.
How do I get back to my car from the end?
Parade Route and Closures
Does the Parade end at Monroe Ave.?
Is it ok to bike, skate, walk, or run on the BeltLine against the flow of the parade?
Is the BeltLine closed for the Parade?
Restrooms and Trash
What about trash?
Will there be extra bathrooms?
Can I volunteer to help out at the parade?
Be Part of Art
Art on the Atlanta BeltLine and the Lantern Parade would not be possible without our incredible sponsors. Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is the largest temporary public art exhibition in the south, so it is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your business before thousands of art patrons. Come join the team!
For more information on becoming an Art on the Atlanta BeltLine sponsor, contact:
Director of Partnerships
Tel: (404) 446-4408
Fax: (404) 446-4403