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By Alisa Chambers
Everyone is invited to participate in the 6th Annual Grant Park Conservancy (GPC) Halloween Lantern Parade. Come play in the dark (in the park). Last year, there were close to 1,500 people marching through Grant Park. Don’t miss out on this year’s fun on Friday, October 21. Bring your family, bring your friends, decorate your wagon, wear your costumes, and don’t forget your lanterns. You are welcome to view the parade, too, as it’s a great spectator event with a lot of wonderful lanterns.
We’ll gather near the Grant Park bandstand at 6:00pm, and the parade will step off at 8:00pm, following the Black Sheep Marching Ensemble. Our friends in the band Wasted Potential will bring up the rear. View the parade route and suggested viewing area on the Grant Park Conservancy’s Facebook page. Again this year there will be a pre-parade gathering and post-parade party. There will be four great food trucks nearby so you can purchase dinner or snacks. There’ll be something for everyone, even the pickiest of little goblins. Adult beverages will be available for purchase with the proceeds going to the GPC.
Need a lantern? Pick up a lantern-making kit at local businesses for $15. These lanterns are fun. They also are a little challenging and best for older kids and adults. All materials are provided, including a 3-LED tap light, batteries, a stick for carrying your lantern, and detailed instructions. You are not limited to the example forms, so get those creative juices flowing and decorate the way you want. They will be available for purchase at Adams Realtors, Dakota Blue, My Friend’s Growler Shop, and Tomatillos. Check the Conservancy’s Facebook page for updates on lantern-making workshops.
The 2016 GPC Halloween Lantern Parade is brought to you this year by Adams Realtors, District One Council Person Carla Smith, The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Dakota Blue, United Rentals, and the GPC. If your business is interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Amy Damiani at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-281-9092.
Make your lantern plans for October 21 and join the parade to light up the park.