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On Saturday, this magical event comes to Pittsburgh for one night only. What is The Lantern Fest you ask?
Historically, Chinese Lanterns have been used to symbolize good fortune, request favorable weather, and celebrate the lives of loved ones. In 2015, The Lantern Fest introduced this ancient tradition to the US. Featuring food, music, s’mores, and children’s entertainment, when the sun goes down, lanterns light the sky in one spectacular release.
Press Release: Chinese Lanterns Illuminate the Sky – The Lantern Fest comes to Pennsylvania this spring
Last year thousands of lanterns illuminated the sky when more than 8,000 revelers gathered at the Poconos for the Lantern Fest. On May 14, the spectacle will travel west and make a stop in Pittsburgh. Event organizers expect thousands to join together at Lernerville Speedway to celebrate life and make memories.
“Pittsburgh is an exciting addition to our 2016 schedule,” says event director Spencer Humiston. “The event unifying and one of the most visually stunning things you have ever seen in your life. Pittsburgh will love it!”
When gates open at 4 p.m., families can settle in to roast s’mores, decorate their lanterns, and enjoy entertainment, including: a stage show, face painters, princesses, inflatables, and live music. After sunset, participants will come together to release their lanterns, painting the sky gold with their hopes and dreams.
“This event is unique because it appeals to people of all ages,” said Lantern Fest spokeswoman Amy Gessel. “It is not often that an event encourages participation from the youngest children to senior citizens and everyone in between. It means something different to each participant but can be enjoyed by all.”
A portion of event proceeds will be donated to Angels of America’s Fallen. This non-profit organization provides funds and supplies for mentoring children of fallen police, military and other first responders.
Lantern Passes can be purchased online and are required for admission to the event. Each pass comes with a lantern, marker, s’mores kit, and lighter. Participants are encouraged to register before Friday to take advantage of the current pricing. Tickets are available at http://www.thelanternfest.com/location/pittsburgh/ Check out what fans have to say on The Lantern Fest Facebook page www.facebook.com/thelanternfest
When: Saturday, May 14th 2016 Gates open at 4:00pm.