Thousands of Participants Lit Up the 2014 Lantern Parade!

Something truly amazing was in the air on Saturday night at the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade. Everyone was abuzz with anticipation about the event: How big would the crowd be? Would we see even more fantastic giant lanterns? Most importantly, would we recapture the magic of last year’s parade, when more than 10,000 people came to participate or watch from the sidelines?

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Spectators lined up along the Eastside Trail to watch the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade. Photo credit: Crazy Uncle Productions

We are thrilled to say that, yes, the magic lives on, and it’s thanks to more than 20,000 of you that turned out with your big, magnificent lanterns, your good cheer, and your smiling faces. Art on the Atlanta BeltLine’s fifth year is off to a great start, and we couldn’t be more excited about this exhibition. Whether you joined us for the walk down the Eastside Trail, met up with the glowing crowd on the green of Piedmont Park, or just cheered your favorite lanterns on from the sidelines, we are so glad that you could be a part of it.

The 2014 Lantern Parade brought thousands of participants and spectators to the Eastside Trail. Photo credit: Christopher T. Martin
The 2014 Lantern Parade brought thousands of participants and spectators to the Eastside Trail. Photo credit: Christopher T. Martin
The beloved "Giants" made their annual appearance as the parade's tallest participants.
The beloved “Giants” made their annual appearance as the parade’s tallest participants. Photo Credit: Christopher T. Martin
Paul Morris, President and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., and Chantelle Rytter, Captain of the Krewe of Grateful Gluttons, as marshals of the parade.
Paul Morris, President and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., along with his daughter Sophie (left) and Chantelle Rytter (right), Captain of the Krewe of Grateful Gluttons, as marshals of the parade. Photo credit: Christopher T. Martin

Check out dozens more photos from the parade in our photo gallery, and come see for yourself what the rest of the exhibition has to offer. Visual art locations and a full performance schedule are available in the exhibition brochure. You can also access the schedule here: art.beltline.org/schedule. Watch an aerial video of the parade below, and click here for more awesome parade footage.

 

 

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