Full of life, color, and a bit of quirkiness, the Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park is a festival that shouldn’t be missed. The celebration started with a parade down East 10th Street complete with fire trucks and a marching band. Neighbors marched side by side past front porches decorated with brightly colored lanterns. Ending at Spades Park, the parade-goers entered a scene that somewhat reminded me of a gypsy festival. Vibrant lanterns swayed gently in the breeze over the park, some of the locals could be heard singing and playing instruments on the stage, and several booths were set up selling everything from magic wands to hand crafted paper items.
As the day went on, lanterns that had been designed and created at workshops leading up to the festival were auctioned off in the gazebo, neighbors played BINGO under the covered picnic area, and kids made bracelets and other various crafts. After the sun finally set, the lanterns were lit, casting beautiful hues into the night sky and bringing to a close another Feast of Lanterns.