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Shine on: Decatur Lantern Parade this Friday


Shine on: Decatur Lantern Parade this Friday

Photo: Jonathan Phillips Jude Harper Barcik (left) places her lantern over Lana Baker's head during a workshop at Color Wheel Studio in Decatur on Friday, April 24, 2015. 12 workshops will be held before the Decatur Lantern Parade on May 15.
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Lily Mae Barcik (left) and her mother Tiffany create a balloon shaped lantern during a workshop at Color Wheel Studio in Decatur on Friday, April 24, 2015. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Get ready to let your light shine this Friday. That’s the theme of the Decatur Lantern Parade, which will wind its way to downtown Decatur from Color Wheel Studio, lit by lanterns.

It’s part of a month-long celebration of art ahead of the Decatur Arts Festival, happening Memorial Day weekend. Decaturish photographer Jonathan Phillips took photos of one of the lantern workshops at Color Wheel Studio in April. Color Wheel is sponsoring the event, along with the Decatur Arts Alliance, the Decatur Education Foundation, and Indie-Catur.

Parade participants will line up at Color Wheel at 508 E. Howard Avenue after 8 p.m Friday. The parade starts at 9 p.m. and ends at the Decatur Square. Here’s the full route.

Color Wheel Studio Assistant Director Olive Evans said there is one more lantern-making workshop happening tonight at 6:30 p.m. But if you want to DIY, she recommended visiting artist Chantelle Rytter’s website.

“She’s really the brains behind all of it,” said Evans. “She is the one that brought parade culture to Atlanta through the Atlanta Beltline Parade, any bike festivals always have Chantelle leading it.”

Evans said Rytter has been leading the lantern-making workshops at Color Wheel, and she has lots of ideas and resources on her website.

One thing to note if you’re making your own — the lanterns should be battery powered and not lit by candle. The festival website says flying lanterns are not allowed.

Dena Mellick

Dena Mellick is the Associate Editor of Decaturish.com.