Academy Street Artwork Project is presenting Under the Silver Moon Lantern Parade in the Town of Cary on January 15th, 2022, from 6 to 7 p.m. The parade will take place on Academy Street.
It will start at Fidelity Plaza and will travel down Academy Street to the old library site.
The public is welcome to join in the parade or just watch. If you bring your own lantern, please note that real candles and flames are prohibited.
This lantern parade is one of three community lantern parade that in the Triangle this winter. The longstanding Solstice Lantern Walk took place in Hillsborough on the evening of Solstice, December 21st, 2021, and a new event, the Winter Solstice Lantern Walk at the N.C. Museum of Art, took place on December 18th.
All of these walks are participatory events. Members of the community walk together, carrying homemade lanterns, to mark the longest night of the year. The lanterns are lit with LED or string lights (not flames) and are generally white.
Community Lantern Workshops
Please note that the workshops have been completed.
Leading up to the event, there will be several community workshops where participants can learn how to make their own lanterns, of different types. The workshops take place at Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue, Cary, and registration is required.
And, of course, if you want to get inspired by some truly elaborate lanterns, the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival is going on at Koka Booth Amphitheatre through January 9th, 2022.
Here’s what’s planned:
Age 8+. Community Workshop: GLOW outdoor exhibition is back after dark with an all-new lantern-making and parade experience: Under the Silver Moon. This is a great activity for ages 8 and up! Artist Gowri Savoor will lead a special workshop to create Rattan Sphere lanterns using materials such as willow, tissue paper and LED lights. The experience will culminate in a celebration of light with a parade along Academy Street on Saturday, January 15th. Open to ages 8+ yrs. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a caregiver.
Willow Pyramid Lantern-Making Workshop
Sunday, January 9th, 2022
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (4 hours plus a one-hour lunch break)
Cary Arts Center
The workshop is not suitable for children under 12 years old. Pyramid Lantern Community Workshop: GLOW outdoor exhibition is back after dark with an all-new lantern-making and parade experience: Under the Silver Moon. All are welcome to join in a special workshop led by artist Gowri Savoor to create Willow Pyramid lanterns using materials such as willow, tissue paper and LED lights. The experience will culminate in a celebration of light with a parade along Academy Street on January 15th.
More Holiday Events in the Triangle
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