The Lantern Festival takes place every year at the Beltline, near Ponce City Market. Fardeen Sheikh | Avant-Youth

Beltline Lantern Parade

Over the weekend, photojournalist Megan Binkley and editorial intern Fardeen Sheikh went to the 10th Anniversary Lantern Parade on the Beltline. The following is their recollection of the traditional event.

It was like a zoo on the Beltline with all the animal lanterns.
Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth

One participant came up with a creative way to stay hydrated for the entire two mile parade. Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth
Participants wore fun costumes to the parade. Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth
Emoji lanterns are spotted at the lantern parade on the Beltline. Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth
Goat lanterns are herded to the start of the parade by their creators.
Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth

One participant sewed lights onto her dress and programmed them to change colors.
Fardeen Sheikh | Avant-Youth

Many participants painted intricate mosaics on their lanterns.
Fardeen Sheikh | Avant-Youth

Colorful lanterns filled the night sky with radiant light.
Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth

The stars descended in Atlanta for the night.
Fardeen Sheikh | Avant-Youth

The people illuminated the streets in every way possible. Fardeen Sheikh | Avant-Youth
There were vendors selling light-up toys so everyone could take part in the festival. Fardeen Sheikh | Avant-Youth
A young man takes a break from the festival.
Fardeen Sheikh | Avant-Youth

The sun setting before the official start of the Beltline Parade. Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth

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