Light Up the Night: The 14th Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade is Back!

One of Atlanta’s most exciting events is back for its 14th year – the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade! Led by Chantelle Rytter and the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons, this year’s parade will bring vibrancy to guests of all ages along the Westside Trail.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 11th,  2024! The parade officially steps off from Adair Park I at 8:45 P.M. and ends at Lee+White on 1070 White St SW. Over 100 lantern puppets, five marching bands, and thousands of homemade lanterns will light up the night as the community parades along the BeltLine’s Westside Trail. The parade route can be downloaded here.

Lantern Parade Aliens
Puppets of all shapes and sizes brighten the night sky. Photo by Steve Eberhardt.

The Lantern Parade doesn’t just highlight lights and music; it celebrates creativity and community, encouraging participation. “It’s collective joy, and we need it. Your creative play is a gift to our city,” says Chantelle Rytter.

Whether you watch from the sidelines or march in the parade (lineup starts at 7:45 P.M.), everyone is invited to get creative and bring a non-flying lantern (flying ones are not allowed for safety reasons). Don’t know where to start? Join one of Chantelle and Krewe’s lantern-making workshops to craft something special. From April 19th  to May 8th, workshops will be held at their Lantern Parade Studio at Lee + White, featuring their giant lantern puppets. Register for a workshop here.

The Lantern Parade is one of the Atlanta BeltLine’s longest-running events, debuting in 2010 with a few hundred people. This cherished tradition continues to grow to include tens of thousands of lantern enthusiasts, with over 15,000 participants in 2023. Gather your friends and join Art on the BeltLine as we illuminate Atlanta!

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The 2024 Art on the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade is presented by Lee + White, Ackerman & Co., and MDH Partners and supported by the following sponsors: Delta Air Lines and Norfolk Southern at the Gold level; Ponce City Market and Northside Hospital at the Silver level; and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Kaiser Permanente at the Bronze level.

This program is also supported in part 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 the 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. This project is supported in part by an 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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