From: Saturday, Sep 25th, 2021
To: Saturday, Sep 25th, 2021
Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade 2021
The Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade is Atlanta’s own night of lights and takes place each year in late September and has been running for over 10 years.
Atlanta’s Eastside BeltLine lights up as paraders meander down the former railroad corridor with homemade lanterns in hand.
Humbly boasting 1,200 participants and spectators during the first parade, the event has since grown to accommodate over 70,000 participants. The rules of the lantern parade are simple: anyone with a lantern (or some other glowing object) can participate. Each year the costumes are more spectacular and insane, featuring everything from an octopus to a carrot, a giant Lego man, a Pokéball, a hulking green alien, an intricately textured dragon and a miniature, spinning Ferris wheel.
The Eastside Trail is a walking and biking trail stretching northwest to southeast on the Eastside of Atlanta, part of the BeltLine ring of trails and parks. It is ideally suited for the parade offering the perfect atmosphere for a night time event. The parade route spans approximately two miles, from Irwin Street to Piedmont Park. Several local marching bands also join the parade.
The Pre Party, the Old Fourth Ward Fall Festival
Beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, find live music, lantern-making activities, food, drink, and more at the Old Fourth Ward Fall Festival, which takes place alongside the Eastside Trail near the skate park.
Visitors can enjoy great food from local food trucks, free live music, and the Rose Wine and Craft Beer festival.
The Parade – Getting there
Lineup for the parade begins at 7 p.m. at the Irwin Street entrance to the Eastside Trail. But starting at 6 p.m., Irwin Street will be closed between Sampson and Krog streets, so consider MARTA, a ride-hailing service, biking, or walking for travel to and from the site. The parade steps off at 8 p.m., and will travel north on the trail to Piedmont Park. It usually lasts between an hour and 90 minutes. For the best views, grab a spot on one of the patios or rooftop bars that line the BeltLine. New Realm Brewing and LadyBird have the best views.
All parade-goers are encouraged to join the bands, lantern-toters, and the organising Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons at Park Tavern following the procession. It is a great opportunity to take photos with the Krewe’s giant puppet lanterns!
WHere are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action
Map of Gay Atlanta
The Atlanta gay population lives, works and plays all over the city and even into the suburbs. Midtown has several of the city’s most popular gay bars like Blake’s, Burkhart’s Pub, Bulldogs and Swinging Richards. The Atlanta LBGT populace is also partially responsible for the resurgence of Grant Park in the 1980s. The historic neighborhood was falling into ruins when members of the community started scooping up properties, renovating and restoring them to their original glory. This fever pitch trickled over into the neighborhoods of East Atlanta, Ormewood Park and the Old Fourth Ward. These are all eclectic, funky and tolerant neighborhoods, like most of Atlanta.
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Recommended Hotels in Atlanta
The gay scene is spread across the city of Atlanta, however we recommend you stay in Midtown. Its close to the best bars and clubs plus it is within easy reach of all the other sights and gay districts.
The Glenn Hotel
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Downtown’s first boutique propertywhere eye-popping orange room accents and a South Beach-worthy rooftop bar with one of the best city skyline views amp up the buzz.