Luminata, a lantern parade to celebrate the Autumnal Equinox, is returning to Green Lake Park this Thursday evening (Sept. 22, 2011).
The event, which is in its 11th year, comes our way via the Fremont Arts Council.
All are invited to participate, “no matter your age or your zip code.” Attendees should bring a lantern.
The parade will start at the Green Lake Small Craft Center, located at the southwest corner of Green Lake, at dusk (around 7 p.m.). It ends with a “special secret banquet where the Prince of Summer presides and there is music and dancing, cider, cookies and treats for everyone.”
Participants carry lanterns or blinky lights and toys. Illuminated sculptures also float on the lake.
“The Fall equinox is a wonderful time for celebrating the change of seasons ” says last year’s Luminata lead artist Leslie Zenz on the event’s yahoo group page. “Many traditions around the world recognize the last days of the productive summer are about to shift into the dark, introspective time of winter. Lanterns are a beautiful symbol of our spirit as a community that will sustain us through the cold months.”
According to a Facebook event page, The Fremont Arts Council is holding open studio hours to prepare for the parade today (Sunday, Sept. 18), 12 – 6 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday, 6-9 p.m., at the Power House (3940 Fremont Ave N).