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 2018 for an awe-inspiring spectacle of lights and sounds.

Stay tuned for 2020 Lantern Parade details!

The parade always takes place on a Saturday in September with the following timeline:
7:00 p.m. line-up
8:00 p.m. parade steps off

The 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! We just ask that you bring a lantern (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.

Thank you to our local businesses who offered discounts along the route in 2019 for lantern parade participants:

  • Bill Hallman – 299 N Highland Ave – 10% off regular priced items – discount flyer
  • MetroFresh – Midtown Promenade – 931 Monroe Dr – 20% off
  • Ponce City Market – 675 Ponce de Leon Ave – 20% off at Amour Vert, Batter Cookie Dough, Candlefish, Chubbies, Coco + Mischa, Dancing Goats Coffee, Honeysuckle Gelato (10% off), JJ’s Flower Shop, Lily Rain, Madewell, Marrakesh, Mountain High Outfitters (some exclusions apply), Q Clothier, Rhen’s Nest, and Williams Sonoma
  • The Men’s Palor – 299 N Highland Ave – $25 haircuts and 10% off hair products

This list is not exhaustive and is subject to availability.  Some exclusions may apply.

Be sure to check out all the amazing Atlanta BeltLine businesses along the parade route!


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? Chantelle Rytter offers lantern making workshops each year. When available, we will link to the schedule here for 2020.

Each year, all are welcome to join the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons, the bands, and parade-goers at the official after party at Park Tavern.


Volunteer for one of Atlanta’s illuminating events! Become a Lantern Parade Marshal! Sign-up opportunities will be posted in 2020.

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.