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Second Annual Lantern Parade in Washington Park Coming up on Sunday, November 5, at 5 p.m.

October 03, 2017


Albany, NY - On Sunday, November 5 at 5 p.m., the Washington Park Conservancy and the City of Albany invite residents to join the second annual Albany Lantern Parade in Washington Park.  This free, family friendly event showcases community creativity, bringing neighbors together from across the Capital Region to celebrate the arts. At dusk, participants will gather at the Lake House to begin a stunning lantern lit parade around the lake. 

"We’re walking with lanterns to share some light as the days become shorter,” said Sarah Read, the event’s organizer. “This is about our Albany community coming together for a simple, free event to celebrate art, community and warmth on an evening few people look forward to – the night we have to turn back the clocks. If you come to a workshop, you'll meet new people, and the night of the walk you'll recognize these new friends – that's the community-building we're going for."

Don’t have a lantern? In the weeks leading up to the event, the project organizers will be holding fun and instructional workshops at Albany Public Libraries and other community venues to construct lanterns using recycled bottles and other simple craft materials (see dates below). 

The Lantern Parade and the workshops are free to the public, but registration is strongly encouraged.  To learn more about the event and upcoming workshops, please visit Albany Lantern Parade's Facebook page or email lantern parade organizer Sarah Read at You can also find more information

Workshop Schedule:

October 6, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., The Albany Barn's "Art in the Park" on Swan St. 
October 16, 4 p.m.-5 p.m., APL Arbor Hill Branch
October 22, 12 p.m.-2 p.m., Hannaford Community Room (900 Central Ave, Albany)
October 25, 5:30 p.m., The Baby Institute, 1 Ida Yarbrough Apts.
October 29, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., APL Washington Ave Branch
October 29, 3 p.m.-5 p.m., Albany Art Room
November 1, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., APL North Albany Branch
November 1, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., APL Pine Hills Branch
November 1, 4 p.m.-4:45 p.m., APL Bach Branch
November 2, 4 p.m.-5 p.m., APL Delaware Branch
November 3, 4 p.m.-5 p.m., APL Howe Branch
November 3, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., 3Fish Coffee

This event is co-sponsored by the City of Albany and the Washington Park Conservancy. The Conservancy is a non-profit organization formed in 1985 that helps the city restore, preserve, and maintain Albany’s historic Washington Park.

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