Photograph by Kristin Kellogg
There are many reasons to love the Atlanta BeltLine’s annual lantern parade, with giant lighted puppets and whimsical lanterns being only the most obvious. But the trek along the Eastside Trail illustrates something more, the way that the BeltLine connects the community. Despite a late afternoon storm, huge crowds turned out. Cheering spectators watched from parks, parking lots, overpasses, underpasses, balconies, rooftops, and restaurant patios. Even more people seemed to be taking part in the parade itself, many carrying handmade lanterns.