Art on the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade Returns September 22

One of Atlanta’s most popular annual traditions returns on September 22. Created by and featuring Chantelle Rytter and the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons, the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade will take place on the Eastside Trail. Participants are encouraged to join with their own lanterns and enjoy the lights and music of one of the most magical evenings of the season.

The 2017 Lantern Parade. Photo: The Sintoses and Atalie Bland
The 2017 Lantern Parade. Photo: The Sintoses and Atalie Bland

Lineup for the parade begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Irwin Street entrance to the Eastside Trail. At 8:00 p.m., the parade will step off and travel north on the trail to Piedmont Park. Be advised that Irwin Street will be closed beginning at 6 p.m. between Sampson Street and Krog Street. Traffic should re-route around to Edgewood or DeKalb Avenues; however, alternative modes of transportation are highly encouraged. The closest MARTA stations are Inman Park/Reynoldstown at the south end of the route and Midtown at the north end of the route. Visit for more details.

The parade will be the culmination of the Old Fourth Ward Fall Festival which will take place in Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, September 22. For more information on the Old Fourth Ward Fall Festival, visit

Lantern parade map and logistics can be found on the downloadable flyer available here. Participants must have a lantern to walk in the parade. Please no bikes or pets. Pedestrian traffic on the trail during the parade must flow north. Flying lanterns are prohibited. For up-to-the-minute information on the Lantern Parade, visit

Media may check in at the Atlanta BeltLine media tent at the start of the parade and ask for Jenny Odom or Junior Knox.

The Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade is presented by Cox Enterprises, Salesforce, and WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, with support from platinum sponsor Ponce City Market and gold sponsor Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Major support for this project is provided by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. This program is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts. The project is also supported by an Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit

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