Many thanks to everyone who joined us for the 4th Annual Sandy Springs Lantern Parade. Stayed tuned for more information on when we'll be taking it back to the river in 2020!
2020 Lantern Parade Date & Time: TBD
Parade Participation: FREE
The Sandy Spring Lantern Parade is a free event held on a Saturday evening each June. Participants stroll together with brightly-colored and lighted globes, parasols, hats and whimsical creatures, paying tribute to the Chattahoochee River and the community on its borders. The lantern parade starts at Steel Canyon Golf Club, with participants walking to Morgan Falls Overlook Park, a beautiful and intimate riverside park that is one of Sandy Springs most popular attractions. As walkers arrive at the park, the river is transformed into a breathtaking sight with whimsical and beautifully-lit floating lanterns escorted by paddlers from High Country Outfitters. Floating lanterns include Sandy the Mama Turtle; Jeremiah the Bullfrog and his Lillies; Georgia Kissyfish; and Alice, the 25-ft. Albino Alligator.
Chantelle Rytter, the creator of the very successful Beltline, Grant Park, and Decatur Lantern Parades, produces our unique “Take It to the River” Parade. Each year, Chantelle introduces new characters to her lantern crew. In 2018, she added a dragonfly and great blue heron "puppet" lanterns to interact with the audience. This year, she brought us Sanderson and his Swoop of Flying Pigs. We can't wait to see what she has in store for us in 2020!
It's never too early to start planning your lantern masterpiece for next year's parade.Take a look at these lantern ideas and workshop galleries for inspiration!
Note: All lanterns are lit with battery-operated LED’s (no live flames permitted). The lanterns are carried on sticks, not released.
LANTERN WORKSHOPS - In the weeks leading up to the parade, Chantelle Rytter holds lantern making workshops. Workshop dates will be announced closer to the 2020 lantern parade.