First-Ever Lantern Parade in Sandy Springs, Georgia

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Sandy Springs Hospitality & Tourism will be hosting me for this event. All opinions along with experiences are 100% my own. Photo credit of Sandy Springs.

I am so excited to be covering the inaugural Lantern Parade in Sandy Springs, Georgia on Saturday, June 18, 2016! Lantern Parades are trending across the country and what fun it promises to participants and spectators alike! If you are looking for a fun family weekend trip, this is it!

Join Sandy Springs Hospitality & Tourism for an “enlightened” celebration of the Chattahoochee as part of the inaugural Sandy Springs Lantern Parade at Morgan Falls Overlook Park. Participants will “Take It To the River” as they parade downhill on Morgan Falls Road to the park with colorful lanterns lighting the way.

Want to create your own lantern? Chantelle Rytter, producer of the Sandy Springs Lantern Parade, and creator of the successful Beltline, Grant Park and Decatur Lantern Parades, will hold lantern workshops at North Springs United Methodist Church. The cost of the workshop will cover all materials, instructions and tools for attendees to walk away with illuminated turtles and lilies, bamboo fish lanterns, lantern hats, illuminated parasols, and paper decorated globe lanterns. For more details and to sign up for the workshops, visit the following links:

The parade will start at North Springs United Methodist Church at 7770 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30350. Get there early to grab a tasty treat from King of Pops. At 9 p.m., Big Mama Turtle (Sandy, affectionately) will lead the parade 1.17 miles down the hill to Morgan Falls Overlook Park.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., High Country Outfitter paddlers will escort Alice, the 25-foot albino alligator lantern, and the illuminated turtles and lilies to the river for a floating parade. Attendees can watch the river light display while enjoying performers and live music. Everyone is invited to march in the parade or watch on the side lines – just bring a lantern to walk or a flashlight to watch. Don’t leave anyone in the dark!

Shuttle sponsors, Atlanta Movie Tours and Sandy Springs Recreation & Parks, will be on hand to give attendees a ride back to North Springs United Methodist Church, but you are welcome to team up with a friend and park a car at Morgan Falls Overlook Park prior to the parade. There is also a safe sidewalk for a return walk. Due to the rolling road closure, please be at the church by 8:30 p.m. to participate in the parade.

Comfort Inn Buckhead North 
Come enjoy the Comfort Inn during the Sandy Springs Lantern Parade on June 18, 2016. We are located 5.4 miles from Morgan Falls Overlook. Enjoy a magical summer evening stroll down the river with the City of Sandy Springs and a restful night at the Comfort Inn. The package rate is $89.00 for each night. You can make your reservation with Comfort Inn Buckhead North now and take the family for a unique, fun-filled experience!

Participating sponsors for the Lantern Parade are:
City of Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks 
Atlanta Movie Tours 
North Springs United Methodist Church
High Country Outfitters
Steel Canyon Golf Club

If you go…
Comfort Inn Buckhead North
5793 Roswell Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30328
(844) 247-8669


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