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You Did It Again – the 2015 Lantern Parade!
posted in Art on the Atlanta BeltLine // 09/16/15

Well, Atlanta, you made it happen again. Each year we think the Lantern Parade can’t get any more magical, and every year you prove us wrong with your beautiful homemade creations and your Atlanta BeltLine pride.

Chantelle Rytter leads the Lantern Parade as Captain of the Krewe of Grateful Gluttons. Photo: Christopher T. Martin

Chantelle Rytter leads the Lantern Parade as Captain of the Krewe of Grateful Gluttons. Photo: Christopher T. Martin

This year, the parade topped them all with an estimated 60,000 attendees. No, that’s not a typo – and that makes our humble parade the largest in North America! Thank you, Atlanta, for coming out and showing your Atlanta BeltLine love, thank you to Chantelle Rytter and the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons for hosting this amazing event, and thank you to Atlanta Medical Center for being our presenting sponsor of the parade this year.

The 2015 Lantern Parade had an estimated 60,000 attendees. Photo: Jeff Milsteen

The 2015 Lantern Parade had an estimated 60,000 attendees. Photo: Jeff Milsteen

With a parade this size, we needed lots of bands to keep the music going along the Eastside Trail! The five bands featured in the 2015 parade were:

  • The Seed & Feed Marching Abominables
  • Wasted Potential Brass Band
  • Mausiki Scales and the Common Ground Collective
  • The Freedom Marching Band
  • The Black Sheep Ensemble
The Lantern Parade featured five bands this year. Photo: Steve Eberhardt

The Lantern Parade featured five bands in 2015. Photo: Steve Eberhardt

Our first ever Old Fourth Ward Fall Festival kicked off the weekend with music, games, food trucks, and more at the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark. The event raised funds for Art on the Atlanta BeltLine and featured lantern-making workshops with local artists.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Lantern Workshops this weekend at Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest! Special thanks to the nine artists and Jennifer Lingvall for hosting: Noosh Studios, Olive47, You've Been Noted, Clementine Willowwilde, Dubelyoo, JoeKingATL, Amy Ashbaugh and Catlanta!

The Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest Lantern Making Workshops. Photo: Jennifer Lingvall.

Speaking of lantern workshops, nearly every one of Chantelle Rytter’s workshops at Ponce City Market sold out this year, helping folks make lanterns of all shapes and sizes to light the parade.

A time-lapse photo of the 2015 Lantern Parade facing Ponce City Market. Photo: Sinan Sinharoy

A time-lapse photo of the 2015 Lantern Parade facing Ponce City Market. Photo: Sinan Sinharoy

We have dozens of photos to share in our Lantern Parade photo gallery already, and tons more photos, videos, and drone footage to come, so keep checking back! We couldn’t be more excited about all of the love you have shown the Atlanta BeltLine and we hope you’ll continue to support Art on the Atlanta BeltLine by coming out to the events and sharing your photos with the hashtag #beltlineart.

This weekend, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine will be back with performances at the Reynoldstown Stage and in Gordon White Park. See the whole lineup at art.beltline.org/schedule.

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  1. Luci says:

    I really enjoyed the Latern Parade this year and I plan to come back next year, God willing. One thing I would suggest are adding more bands or music. There’s a lot of space between the music and we all know music makes everything more festive and fun. So I wouldn’t change anything except adding three or four more bands….please! And make the music inclusive to all people who enjoy the Beltline and city of Atlanta.

    Reply | October 1, 2015 at 12:29 pm
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