Lantern parades have really caught on in recent years. This one looks especially fun. Suwanee’s Glow in the Park community event will feature a strolling jazz band leading an illuminated pageant of light, music, and color. It takes place on April 20th at Town Center Park — see the event schedule, below.
This is a family-friendly event, so bring your strollers, your dog, and everyone from young to old. Anyone can participate. To walk in the parade, you just need an illuminated lantern and/or a glow-in-the-dark costume.
Prizes will be awarded for the best lanterns and best glowing costumes, so give it your best shot! The organizers would like this event to be a celebration of creativity.
For more information, see the event website — it’s really cool!
Need a lantern?
Don’t yet have a lantern? You have options. A simple design only requires a paper globe, like the kind you find at Pier One or Party City, and some sort of battery-operated LED lights (no flames, please!) You may want to attach the lantern to a dowel or stick, to make it easy to carry.
There are lantern ideas all over Pinterest.
And there are how-to videos on YouTube (we’ve embedded one below, to get you started).
There have been a series of lantern-making workshops leading up to the event — and there are still a few left. The following workshops cost $30 to cover materials:
- Wednesday, April 17th — flowers and nature themed lanterns — 6 to 8 p.m.
- Thursday, April 18th — “Get Lit!” (adults only – BYOB!) | 6 to 8 p.m.
- Friday, April 19th — Wacky Lanterns — 4 to 6 p.m.
- Saturday, April 19th — illuminated parasols — 7 to 9 p.m.
Are you really crunched for time? Get a string of battery-operated LED party lights to drape around yourself. You can find them on Amazon and at party stores.
- 5 p.m. — food and fun
- 7 p.m. — concert by the 80s band Electric Avenue (get it?) at the Town Center Park stage
- dusk — lantern parade
Here’s an illuminating image of the route map:
How to make an LED lantern from a plastic bottle