The Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade debuted on the Atlanta art scene in 2010, and has been growing ever since. It has grown from 1,200 participants and tailgaters along the parade route in 2012 to more than 70,000 people in 2017 for an awe-inspiring spectacle of lights and sounds.

2018 Lantern Parade Details

Saturday, September 22, 2018:
7:00 p.m. line-up
8:00 p.m. parade steps off

Parade begins on the Eastside Trail where it crosses Irwin Street / Lake Avenue and winds north to Piedmont Park. The parade is one-way and we ask that participants not walk against the flow of the parade!

It’s free and open to all to participate and walk in the parade – no registration necessary! But you can tell your friends about the Lantern Parade on facebook. We just ask that you bring a lantern or glowing object to carry (see the Game Book below). It’s all about you and your creativity!

We encourage our parade goers to find alternative means of arriving at the corridor, even though on-street parking may be a possibility in some areas. The closest MARTA stations are Inman Park and Midtown.


Game Book

  1. You need a lantern to walk in the parade. (Make one here!)
  2. No passing.
  3. No stopping. If you need to stop, please step off to the side.
  4. Walk with the flow of the parade.
  5. Yield generous space to bands and large lanterns.
  6. Leave your pets at home.
  7. Walk your bike.
  8. No flying lanterns.
  9. Take your trash with you.
  10. Have a blast!

Want to make a great lantern for the parade but need a little guidance? Register for the Lantern Workshop Series here! You’ll get to create lanterns with the Captain herself, Chantelle Rytter!

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. We will post FAQs closer to the event.

Check out a recap of the 2017 parade.


Volunteer for one of Atlanta’s illuminating events! Become a Lantern Parade Marshal!

Volunteers help with crowd control by maintaining space around the bands and large lanterns; assisting parade-goers with street crossings; and helping to keep the trail clean by picking up trash and recyclables.

Sign up here to be a Lantern Parade Marshal!