Artist Statement

Chantelle Rytter and the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons’ artistic mission is to create open participatory platforms for creative play in public spaces.

Parades are where a community sees itself. Lantern Parades are where a community sees itself as volumes of light, moving to the same rhythm, through a shared space. They believe this experience and the memory of it have a lasting positive impact on how people feel about their public space and who they share it with. When people lay down joyful shared memories together in a place, it is a blessing on that place.

Rytter and team create large-scale lantern puppets because they believe in the experiential value of real encounters with fantastical creatures. When people encounter and interact with art beyond their imagination in a familiar space, it expands their capacity to imagine what is possible there.

Rytter hopes their work serves as a ritual reminder that people have the collective agency to regularly create wondrous experiences for themselves and their community. As traditions, participatory creative celebrations reinforce the belief in the extraordinary nature of collective character and the place we call home.


Artist Bio

Chantelle Rytter and the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons are community parade artists best known for founding the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade.

Chantelle and Krewe have founded several other annual parades based on public participation including the Hilton Head Island Lantern Parade in South Carolina, the City of Sandy Springs Lantern Parade, the Parliament of Owls Lantern Parade in Midtown, the Parade of the Dead in Little Five Points, and the Gnome March in the Inman Park Parade.

Chantelle Rytter is the Krewe Captain and Artistic Director. Rytter grew up in Baltimore and studied integrative arts at Penn State University. Living in New Orleans, she fell under the spell of parade culture and the notion that creative play can be a civic gift. She founded the Krewe of the Grateful Glutton in New Orleans in 1999.