First-ever lantern parade held in Cape Town

Thursday, January 16th, 2020 00:20 |
People take part in the lantern parade Cape Town, South Africa, Jan. 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Wesley Fester)

The City of Cape Town held its first-ever lantern parade on Saturday afternoon as part of its New Year celebrations.

The Sea Point Promenade in downtown was lit up by a variety of handmade recycled lanterns of all shapes and sizes made from house-hold waste materials.

All lanterns used LEDs in multicolor to light up their unique designs and treat locals and visitors to a colorful glowing show.

This event aimed to foster the spirit of unity in local communities while allowing creative people a new outlet to produce unique works of art in lantern form to parade along some of Cape Town’s most iconic streets.

The event was conceptualized by youTM and only allowed for eco-friendly paper lanterns. LEDs are the only illumination source allowed for safety reasons. Because of the potential of being a fire hazard to the natural environments, lanterns that use candles or fire as an illumination source were not allowed.

The parade began at the Sea Point Pavilion Pool and wound its way along the Promenade and ended at the Mouille Point Beach on Beach Road, approximately 3km in total. 

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