At least one road will be closed to accommodate the Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade this Saturday. Other streets in the area might also see increased traffic, so parade officials urge people to use other transportation options if possible.
Irwin Street between Krog Street and Randolph Street will be closed to vehicles from 7 – 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 10, according to a news release from Atlanta BeltLine Inc. However, Krog Street and Randolph Street will be open to traffic traveling north and south.
The 2016 Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade kicks off the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition, the largest temporary art public art exhibition in the South. The parade is created and hosted by Chantelle Rytter and the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons.
Parade-goers are encouraged start lining up for parade by 7:15 p.m. at Irwin Street west to Randolph. The parade will begin at 8:15 p.m. and will follow the 2-mile Eastside Trail. It will end at Piedmont Park.
Several EMTs and officers from the Atlanta Police Department’s Path Force Unit will be present at the parade, according to the news release. Portable restrooms and trash cans will be available.
Anyone is welcome to bring their own lantern as long as it is LED lit. No fires are allowed in the parade. Workshops to build lanterns are also available, or participants can buy lanterns at shop.beltline.org.
Parade sponsor Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center will offer public parking for $6 at the AMC Garage B. It is a 10-minute walk to the Historic Fourth Ward Park and will be marked with directional signs.
Paid parking is also available in the Piedmont Park Parking Deck. Additional parking is available along neighborhood streets, including Edgewood Avenue at the beginning of the parade and 10th Street at the end of the parade.
The Inman Park/Reynoldstown and King Memorial MARTA train stations are a few blocks away from the start of the event. The Midtown MARTA station is six blocks from the endpoint of the parade. For more information on MARTA train and bus schedules, please visit www.itsmarta.com.
Taking a cab, carpooling, and biking are also encouraged. However, bicyclists will need to dismount and walk their bikes during the parade.
See beltline.org/explore/maps/ for a map of the Eastside Trail and all access points.
More information and the answers to frequently asked questions can be found at art.beltline.org/lantern-parade
Due to road closures, the following routes are established for east/west traffic:
- East on Irwin Street (Lake Avenue) – turn right on Randolph Street, left on Edgewood Avenue, and left on Waddell Street to Lake Avenue.
- West on Lake Avenue (Irwin Street) – turn left on Waddell Street, right on Edgewood Avenue, and left on Irwin Street.