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Albany Lantern Parade Heads Indoors This Year

Albany Lantern Parade (2016)
Dennis Gaffney
City of Albany
Albany Lantern Parade (2016)

Albany’s fifth annual “Lantern Parade” will go on despite the pandemic.

A scene from Albany's 2018 Lantern Parade.
Credit Dennis Gaffney / City of Albany
City of Albany
Marchers in Albany's 2018 Lantern Parade in Washington Park.

“Light Up Albany—Lanterns for Hope” asks Capital Region residents and businesses to display battery-powered lanterns in their windows for the first seven nights of November. Lantern Parade founder Sarah Read:   "In the past it brought people together as they would create and then display their lanterns as a parade in Washington Park. This year, as we know, has been all about innovation and finding different ways to connect as we physically distance. My hope is that by displaying lanterns in their homes and businesses this year, people will feel that same connectivity, community and warmth."

"This incarnation of the Lantern Parade reminds our children that they, too, have a light to shine and can make a difference in their worlds, today as well as tomorrow." ~ Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan

Albany Public Library is giving out 125 lantern-making kits this year.  

Because of COVID safety concerns, no lantern-making workshops will be held this year in Albany Public Library (APL) buildings. However, APL is distributing 125 lantern kits on a first-come, first-serve basis that can be picked up at the Arbor Hill, Delaware or Pine Hills branches by appointment only. Register for a pick-up time at the APL Calendar website. A short video tutorial provides a supply list and shows how to make your own lantern.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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