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(PHOTOS) 2018 Decatur Lantern Parade

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(PHOTOS) 2018 Decatur Lantern Parade

Nina Rasnik-Stryker (right) checks under Samira Ilyas' lantern as they hang out at Color Wheel Studio before the start of the 2018 Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday, May 11. Photo: Jonathan Phillips
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Nina Rasnik-Stryker (right) checks under Samira Ilyas’ lantern as they hang out at Color Wheel Studio before the start of the 2018 Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday, May 11.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

By Jonathan Phillips, contributor 

It’s Friday in May and the time has come for another Lantern Parade in Decatur. This is the  most well-attended parade to date with thousands of people gathering at Color Wheel Studio off of Howard St. to kick off the festivities. As the sun set, the parade took off from the studio and made their way through the streets to the square. Like in years past, the parade is made possible by the Decatur Arts Alliance, Color Wheel Studio, Decatur Education Foundation, and the Downtown Development Authority.

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Charlie Quade marches with her jellyfish lantern during the 2018 Decatur Lantern Parade.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Elsa Larson rides on her father Brian’s shoulders as they carry their lanterns during the 2018 Decatur Lantern Parade.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

The Decatur Makers walk with their giant robot and robot heads during the 2018 Decatur Lantern Parade.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Alexander Park looks up at his X-Wing fighter lantern during the 2018 Decatur Lantern Parade.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Liam McDonald (left) and Jack Ingram hold their lanterns as they ride in a wagon during the parade.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Garo Fuerstenberger (right) marches in the Decatur Lantern Parade with friends.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Lilly Tackett (right) and Maya Alvarez work together to march their lantern down the street during the Decatur Lantern Parade.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Thousands of people walk down Sycamore Place carrying lanterns during the parade.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Kaundra Madge (left) and Nancy Lamb work the heads of their bird lanterns as they wait for the start of the 2018 Decatur Lantern Parade.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Beverly Beyer peeks out from her full sized lantern before the start of the 2018 Decatur Lantern Parade.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Allison Bombardier (right) points out a fun lantern to her mother as they wait for the start of the 2018 Decatur Lantern Parade.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Barbara Smith (center) and Kiki Abom dance while the other members of the Black Sheep Ensemble play at Color Wheel Studio on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Baynra Gither dances with the rest of the color guard of the Baltimore City Southside Phenoms before the start of the 2018 Decatur Lantern Parade.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Cameron Williams helps with a little music as the Baltimore City Southside Phenoms’ drum line performs before the start of the 2018 Decatur Lantern Parade.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

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