Lantern Parade


Atlanta Lantern Festival

Join us for a whimsical Art Lantern Parade to celebrate the last night of the Light Festival. Express your light and creativity as we all come together in a glowing procession of light, color, creativity, music, and fun!

When: Saturday, February 4th, 2017  6:30PM (start gathering at 6PM)
Parade Start Location: SE Clay Street between SE Water Ave. and the Eastbank Esplanade
Length: About 1 1/2 miles (with opportunity for shorter route)
Getting There: Parking is limited. It is best to take public transportation.

Featuring the Flash Bang Band and Misty Krew of Nimbus!

Parade Route

Help make fun happen: Volunteer with the Lantern Parade!

Light up! Make a lantern!

Be Creative! Get inspired online! Learn some tips and tricks!

DIY Lantern making ideas and inspiration on YouTube
Making Lanterns with my Kids
Making My First Art Lantern


To make a lantern, you need three basic items: Form, Illumination, and Handle.


  • Buy one or make one
  • Use rain friendly materials


  • Battery powered
  • Fire is prohibited


  • How will you or your group hold the lantern while walking?



Lantern making is a great activity to do as a group! Make one large lantern or let everyone make their own!

  • Host a party at your place of business or non-profit organization as a team-building opportunity
  • Teachers and child care providers can make lanterns as an art activity.
  • Invite a group of friends over and get creative!
  • Party Planning Tips

Material Suggestions
(Found at local craft and grocery stores)
Form: balsa wood sticks, umbrella, coat hangers, wire or wire mesh
Form cover: scrap pieces of fabric, plastic table cloth, cellophane
Adhesive: tape, hot glue gun, outdoor modge podge, exterior sealant
Battery powered lights: strand lights, LED tea lights, rope light
Handle: wooden dowel, rope, umbrella
Misc: Scissors, small hand saw, dental floss, string, sewing needle, paint brush

Please remember:
For everyone’s safety, flames (open or contained) are not allowed.
It may rain! Consider water resistant materials and lighting up umbrellas.
All lanterns and lantern materials must be removed from the site at the end of the night.

Important: Sky lanterns are strictly prohibited at the Lantern Parade and are illegal in the state of Oregon as of January 1st (information here).  All lanterns must have a handle and no open flames are allowed.