THANK YOU FOR A MAGICAL 10th YEAR!
The Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade is an annual Atlanta tradition based in community participation. Everyone is always invited to make a lantern and walk in the parade. You do need a lantern to march in the parade! Make your masterpiece lantern at home or take a workshop. The workshop schedule is below. The parade was created in 2010 by the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons for Art on the Atlanta Beltline. The first lantern parade drew 400 participants. The parade now draws an estimated 70,000 in spectators and participants. We have recently discovered a much older history of lantern parades in Atlanta, check it out here!
For your coloring enjoyment! It would also make a nice panel in a box lantern, or on a globe lantern. There is a copy in all the globe lantern kits! It is 11x17.
A Brief History of the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade
Check out Steady Fly's sweet video! Here is a fun time lapse by Scott Lowden! The sweet Creative Loafing Best Lightshow Award! And that Choose ATL video we can't stop watching!
2010: Hold up a Light for the BeltLine!
In 2010, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine was conceived as a ruse to get people out on the interim trails of the BeltLine so that they might imagine its potential as the greatest urban renewal project in our country. At the time, the Eastside Trail was a creepy dark place back behind the dumpsters where people dumped things like tires and matresses. There were homeless encampments, waist-high weeds, and mud. The Krewe was in its third year of public engagement with parade arts. We had done giant skeleton puppets in the L5P Halloween Parade and the Gnome March in the Inman Park Parade. When we told our parade peeps that we were doing a lantern parade on the BeltLine their response was, "You're doing a what on the what?"
"We're going to hire a band and get people to make lanterns with us in workshops and walk two miles down that trail at night. Like a Chinese Lantern Parade meets a New Orleans' second line."
"Yeah. How many people do you really think are going to do that with you?"
To our delight, 400 of our favorite crazy people made lanterns and marched off into the dark with us and the courageous Seed & Feed Marching Abominables. We were the largest number of people to ever stand together on the BeltLine. There were virtually no spectators. The number one question at the finish was, "Are we doing it again?"