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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10,000 People Joined in the Magic of the 2013 Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade

Celebrate the opening of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine every year by participating in the 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. 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. 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!

The 2013 Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade

What a spectacular kickoff for 2013 Art on the Atlanta BeltLine at the annual Lantern Parade! More than 10,000 – yes, 10,000! – paraders and spectators came out for the fun. It was a glowing procession of light, music, and color – one of the most beautiful Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parades yet!

The enthusiasm and energy carried over the entire length of the Eastside Trail as the parade went from Irwin and Krog to Piedmont Park. Special thanks go to the fantastic Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons for hosting the parade!

Check out our Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade gallery!

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!

Shannon McDuffie says:
August 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm
Hey there–I just found your YouTube on how to make the ghost lantern for one’s bike. Any chance that Saturday’s DBF demo will be published on YouTube too? Need a volunteer? I may be able to help–very curious to learn but I’m too late to sign up for the workshops and I think I may need to watch a demo more than once… or win the one to be given away Yay lanterns!

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.

Lillian Holloway says:
September 3, 2013 at 10:48 pm
We lived in midtown for 20 years and unfortunately do not live there anymore. Any chance we get we bring our 11 year old intown for events to show her what living in a more diverse, cultural and tolerant is like. We were out of town and could participate in the lantern making workshop. She would be so thrilled if we won this lantern.

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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.

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

2014 Submissions

Visual and performing artists are invited to submit proposals for Art on the Atlanta BeltLine 2014. Scheduled for September through November, temporary works of visual art and performances will be exhibited along the linear greenspace of the BeltLine corridor. All materials must be received by 5:00 pm on Monday April 21, 2014.

Download the RFP

Submit your proposal


Presenting Sponsor

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

For media inquiries, please contact:
Ethan Davidson
Director of Communications
Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Phone: 404-477-3660
Email: edavidson@atlbeltline.org
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