Another lantern parade, in celebration of Earth Day! Come out for Roswell Night of Lights, this Saturday, April 27th. This FREE event will be a family-friendly evening of fun and faith, with a focus on the natural world.
The Roswell Night of Lights will take place at Riverside Park, just off Roswell Road in the town of Roswell. Other than Steel City Pops (popsicles), there will be NO food vendors at the event, so you’re welcome to bring a picnic meal or snacks for your family if you’d like.
The event kicks off at 6 p.m. and will wrap up around 8:30 p.m.
If you want to walk in the lantern parade, the organizers ask that you bring “something that glows, twinkles, or shines” with the caveat that this should NOT include actual fire or flames. Battery-operated LED lights are a safe bet!
The organizers also suggest creating lanterns out of recycled or reused materials, in the spirit of Earth Day.
Schedule of events
6:00 to 7:00 p.m. — Kid-friendly, interactive activities designed to demonstrate actual steps we can take to protect the planet and its inhabitants. These will be presented by the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Atlanta Audubon Society, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, The Amphibian Foundation, Medicine Bow, Solarize Roswell, and National Park Service.
7:00 to 7:30 p.m. — Speakers from several faith communities in Roswell will invoke thanks for the land, air, and water that we rely upon for life.
7:30 to 8:30 p.m. — The twilight lantern parade takes place. The parade route runs from Riverside Park to Don White Park and back, which is about a mile round trip.
Know before you go…
Parking is limited. In the spirit of Earth Day, the organizers encourage you to carpool or even walk, if you live nearby.
- There are small parking lots at Riverside Park
- Additional parking is located along Riverside Park and at nearby Don White Park (about a 10-minute walk away)
- St Andrews Catholic Church is opening its parking lot to attendees at 6:30 p.m. — PLEASE DO NOT park there any sooner than 6:30.
The parade route will include the walking path along Riverside Road, which will not be closed to traffic. It will also include part of a wooded trail that is not paved and may be muddy — so choose appropriate footwear for yourself and your family, and plan to come without a stroller.