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Sixth annual Lantern Parade in Albany's Washington Park Sunday

This free, family friendly event showcases community, creativity, and neighbors coming together from across the Capital Region to illuminate a chilly evening.

The sixth annual Albany Lantern Parade in Washington Park is Sunday.

The in-person version of the event is back.

Lantern Walk Organizer Sarah Read says it’s all about community, to share some light as the days become shorter.

“It’s to celebrate simplicity, art, people coming together, and kind of welcoming this earlier darkness,” Read said.

At 4:30 p.m., participants will gather at the Lake House and begin to walk at sundown.

Read says all lanterns will be hand-held, not released into the sky or lake. Battery-operated tealight candles will be available.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said, “I am so thankful the in-person version of the Albany Lantern Parade is returning this year to provide our residents an opportunity to reconnect with one-another as we work every day to overcome one of the most challenging periods of our lifetimes. The City of Albany is proud to showcase one of the Crown Jewels of our city, Washington Park, and once again co-sponsor this event alongside the Washington Park Conservancy.”

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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