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Thank you, Atlanta, for making the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade such a success!
Sponsored by Atlanta Medical Center
2015 Event Details: Saturday, Sept. 12
Thank you to everyone who held up a light for the Atlanta BeltLine at our 2015 parade!! The annual Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade is created and hosted by Chantelle Rytter and the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons and is free and open to the public. Your participation is the magic of the Lantern Parade!
Thank you to the five amazing bands that accompanied the parade:
- The Seed & Feed Marching Abominables
- Wasted Potential Brass Band
- Mausiki Scales and the Common Ground Collective
- The Freedom Marching Band
- The Black Sheep Ensemble
Plan for next year!
Mark your calendars: the annual parade takes place the first Saturday after Labor Day every year. It kicks off the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition, which takes place every year from September to November. Check out the art on the trails right now and we’ll see you in 2016 for the next parade!
Frequently Asked Questions
What time does the parade start?
Line-up starts at 7:15 PM and the parade kicks off at 8:15 PM.
Where does the parade start and end?
How do I get to the start? Where can I park?
We encourage our users to find alternative means of arriving at the corridor, but on-street parking is available in most areas.
If you plan to take a MARTA bus from a MARTA rail station to the start, check http://www.itsmarta.com 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.
For pedestrian access points along the Atlanta BeltLine, visit our interactive map and turn on “Access Points.”
How long is the parade route?
Do people wear costumes? Where can I get a lantern?
Yes, some people wear costumes – usually ones that light up in some capacity! Check out our galleries of photos for inspiration. Many people make their own lanterns and we also offer them for sale on http://shop.beltline.org.
Are dogs allowed?
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 and close to you. Decorating pets is also encouraged!
When does the parade take place?
The annual parade takes place the first Saturday after Labor Day every year. It kicks off the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition, which takes place every year from September to November.
Are flying lanterns allowed?
No. Flying lanterns and fire are prohibited as they are dangerous. Thank you for respecting this rule!
The History of 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 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.
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