(PHOTOS) – 6th Annual Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade

Posted by Decaturish.com September 13, 2015

By Travis Hudgons, contributor 

Colorful, handcrafted, LED-illuminated lanterns danced down the BeltLine on Sept. 12. Thousands of participants gathered near the Krog Street Markets and made their way down the Eastside Atlanta Beltline trail to the finale at in Piedmont Park.

This year’s parade was hosted by the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons, whose mission is to get you to come out and play.

The Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade makes its way through the thousands of onlookers at the “Murder” Kroger BeltLine entrance in Old Fouth Ward. Photo by Travis Hudgons

The Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade makes its way through the thousands of onlookers at the “Murder” Kroger BeltLine entrance in Old Fouth Ward. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Speaking of fantasy-based…these aren’t the lanterns you’re looking for. Photo by Travis Hudgons

These aren’t the lanterns you’re looking for. Photo by Travis Hudgons

While many lanterns were whimsical and fantasy-based, some carried a more serious message. Photo by Travis Hudgons

While many lanterns were whimsical and fantasy-based, some carried a more serious message. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Beer Pong anyone? Photo by Travis Hudgons

Beer Pong anyone? Photo by Travis Hudgons

The Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade had thousands of participants and thousands more gathered to watch. Photo by Travis Hudgons

The Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade had thousands of participants and thousands more gathered to watch. Photo by Travis Hudgons

The parade brought people and cultures together during this spirit-lifting event. Photo by Travis Hudgons

People and cultures came together during this spirit-lifting event. Photo by Travis Hudgons

These ghostly creations swayed beautifully down the BeltLine. Photo by Travis Hudgons

These ghostly creations swayed beautifully down the BeltLine. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Lanterns lit the way for many of the thousands of the marchers. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Lanterns lit the way for many of the thousands of the marchers. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Many of the lanterns were themed, like this Pac-Man inspired set—complete with ghosts, pellets and sound effects. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Many of the lanterns were themed, like this Pac-Man inspired set—complete with ghosts, pellets and sound effects. Photo by Travis Hudgons

The clear night sky served as the perfect canvas to showcase the colorful creations. Photo by Travis Hudgons

The clear night sky served as the perfect canvas to showcase the colorful creations. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Who needs Uber? When you can piggyback your way down the 2-mile parade route. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Who needs Uber? When you can piggyback your way down the 2-mile parade route. Photo by Travis Hudgons

The Seed & Feed Marching Abominables was one of the bands that provided the soundtrack for the evening. Photo by Travis Hudgons

The Seed & Feed Marching Abominables was one of the bands that provided the soundtrack for the evening. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Some parade participants chose to wear their lights. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Some parade participants chose to wear their lights. Photo by Travis Hudgons

About Decaturish.com

View all posts by Decaturish.com

Receive the Daily Email DIgest

* = required field