(PHOTOS) 2016 Decatur Lantern Parade

Posted by Decaturish.com May 14, 2016

By Jonathan Phillips, contributor 

The Decatur Lantern Parade lit up the night again on Friday, May 13.

The parade – co-sponsored by the Decatur Education Foundation, the Decatur Arts Alliance, the Downtown Development Authority and Color Wheel Studio – began at East Howard Avenue and ended in the Decatur Square. The annual event draws thousands of people to downtown Decatur.

Dave Lind (left) prepares his goldfish lantern as he waits for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Dave Lind (left) prepares his goldfish lantern as he waits for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Maria Levin (left) laughs with her friend Skyler Marks as they wait for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Maria Levin (left) laughs with her friend Skyler Marks as they wait for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Nurta Abdikadir (center) is surrounded by paper lanterns as she waits for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Nurta Abdikadir (center) is surrounded by paper lanterns as she waits for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Dave Lind (left) moves his goldfish lantern into position as he waits for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Dave Lind (left) moves his goldfish lantern into position as he waits for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Alex Park (right) runs his X-Wing lantern into the Death Star as he waits for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Alex Park (right) runs his X-Wing lantern into the Death Star as he waits for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Dianna Watson (left) holds an eagle lantern as she waits for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Dianna Watson (left) holds an eagle lantern as she waits for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Kids look up at Cameron Ayer (left) as they wait  for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Kids look up at Cameron Ayer (left) as they wait for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Barbara Herrera (center) holds a cat lantern as she waits for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Barbara Herrera (center) holds a cat lantern as she waits for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Meredith Barna (left) helps Beverly Beyer with her lantern as they wait for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Meredith Barna (left) helps Beverly Beyer with her lantern as they wait for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Dianna Watson (left) holds an eagle lantern as she waits for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Dianna Watson (left) holds an eagle lantern as she waits for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Thousands of people wait for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Thousands of people wait for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Thousands of people wait for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Thousands of people wait for the start of the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Chantelle Rytter (center) kicks off the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Chantelle Rytter (center) kicks off the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Thousands of people walk down E. Ponce during the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Thousands of people walk down E. Ponce during the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Kira Wilsterman (right) and Nick Madden walk down E. Ponce during the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Kira Wilsterman (right) and Nick Madden walk down E. Ponce during the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Logan Cesare (right) walks with his family during the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Logan Cesare (right) walks with his family during the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Melissa Shrager (right) carries an umbrella lantern during the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Melissa Shrager (right) carries an umbrella lantern during the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Thousands of people walk down E. Ponce during the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Thousands of people walk down E. Ponce during the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Layne Huey (center) carries an umbrella lantern during the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Layne Huey (center) carries an umbrella lantern during the third annual Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Nyle Corey (center) rides on his father Alan's shoulders during the third annual lantern parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Nyle Corey (center) rides on his father Alan’s shoulders during the third annual lantern parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Thousands of people enter Decatur Square during the third annual lantern parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Thousands of people enter Decatur Square during the third annual lantern parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

The Black Sheep Ensemble play perform in Decatur Square during the third annual lantern parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

The Black Sheep Ensemble play perform in Decatur Square during the third annual lantern parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

The Black Sheep Ensemble play perform in Decatur Square during the third annual lantern parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

The Black Sheep Ensemble play perform in Decatur Square during the third annual lantern parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Brian Logan (right) carries his daughter Drew on his shoulders as they enter Decatur Square during the third annual lantern parade on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Brian Logan (right) carries his daughter Drew on his shoulders as they enter Decatur Square during the third annual lantern parade on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

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