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Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade 2019 Guide: Workshops, Route, Transportation

From lantern workshops to the parking situation, here’s what to keep in mind for this year’s lantern parade.
From lantern workshops to the parking situation, here’s what to keep in mind for this year’s lantern parade.
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Thousands of paper lanterns will illuminate downtown Atlanta later this month.

The 10th annual Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade will course up the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail from Irwin Street and Lake Avenue to Piedmont Park on Sept. 21 at 8 p.m.

Year after year, more people have participated in the parade by walking with their glowing, handmade paper lanterns. Last year, more than 70,000 people came out to the event.

From lantern workshops to the parking situation, here’s what to keep in mind for this year’s lantern parade.

Don’t forget your lantern.

To walk in the parade, you must have a lantern. If you still need to get one, no problem.

Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade creators Chantelle Rytter & Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons are hosting workshops to teach attendees how to make their own colorful hats, parasols and lanterns. Here are the workshops planned to happen around Atlanta.

Globe Lantern Workshops

Michael C. Carlos Museum

Sept. 6, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (Adult); Sept. 7, 2 to 5 p.m. (Family)

$30 per ticket

 

Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark

Sept. 8, 1 to 4 p.m.

Lantern and parasol kits will be available onsite. It is free to register for the event.

 

New Realm Brewery

Sept. 12, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Sept. 16, 1 to 4 p.m

$30 per ticket

 

Atlanta BeltLine Center

Sept. 14 and 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

$30 per ticket

 

Hillside, Inc.

Sept. 18, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

$30 per ticket

 

Illuminated Parasol Workshops

Atlanta Beltline Center

Sept. 14 and 15, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

$35 per ticket

 

Lantern Hat Workshops

New Realm Brewery

Sept. 17, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

$35 per ticket

Admission includes the lantern and materials, and proceeds will fund the parade. Use our map of Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade Workshops to find one near you.

Know the parade route and rules.

The parade will lineup at 7 p.m. for the procession to start at 8 p.m.

Along the way, there will be live music, gathering areas and places to buy merchandise. At the end of the parade route, an after-party will be happening at Park Tavern.

Be sure to leave pets and flying lanterns at home. Also, remember to go with the flow of the parade. Check out the parade’s flyer for more on what to expect. Below is our map of the parade.

 Plan transportation in advance.

Attendees are encouraged to avoid driving and to take MARTA. The Inman Park and Midtown MARTA stations are closest to the parade route. If you still plan to arrive in a car, street parking availability depends on the area.