2014 Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival: Kaleidoscope

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2014 Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival: Kaleidoscope

Produced by Creative Alliance and Friends of Patterson Park

Sat Oct 25 3:30pm, Patterson Park

KALEIDOSCOPE is the15th Annual Great Halloween Lantern Parade in Full Color! The community that creates together is GREAT together! With fourteen years of lantern making and spectacle-creating under their belts, the diverse communities of Baltimore have created their most colorful EVER Great Halloween Lantern Parade. SAT OCT 25. 3:30pm Festival. 6:30pm Parade Line up at NEW starting point by Boat Lake and NEW Parade route! 7pm Parade starts. Ends with NEW Finale of Video Projection at Pulaski Monument, Eastern & Linwood Aves, Patterson Park. Rain date Sun, Oct 26. FREE! Take bus 10 to Linwood Ave. Bike and lock it up on bike racks at entrance of beer garden on festival site! If you're driving, park on 550 S Eaton St garage and take the FREE shuttle from 4-9pm.

Keep Baltimore Glowing! Click here to make a donation to the parade!

This year’s 15th Annual Parade is ALL NEW! Creative Alliance teachers have designed a new lantern and it’s FULL of brilliant hues. We also have a MUCH more dramatic Parade route that will start at the Boat Lake and cross over to the high ridge in the extension of the Park so the Parade can be seen on high. The marching bands have returned, as well as The Gathering’s Food Trucks, and we’re recruiting more than two dozen artists and students to create 17 monumental lanterns and performances.

3:30pm Festival starts in Pulaski Monument, Patterson Park (Eastern and Linwood Avenues)

Lantern workshops, hayrides, glow-in-the-dark activities, family fun, crafts vendors, 20 food trucks, and bands. The Manly Deeds below!

Kids Costume Contest! Registration starts at 4pm!

Sac Au Lait perform 5:15-6:15pm

6:30pm Parade Line up on Boat Lake. 7pm Parade starts

with NEW PARADE ROUTE to Park extension. NEW monumental lanterns, stiltwalkers, dancers, and Bands Marching have been selected for this year!

  • Batala! All women Samba drumcorps!
  • 901 Arts Band
  • Bateria Terra Maria
  • Sac Au Lait
  • Manly Deeds
  • N Full Motion
  • Baltimore Westsiders Marching Band (video below)

The fab pre-Parade, family friendly Festival has a new groovy layout and the same GREAT attractions, including: a wildly fun kids’ costume contest open to all, lantern making, hay rides, and more all FREE activities! So don’t miss out on the world class celebration that comes when ALL kinds of folk create a glittering show of light in the night! As always, ANYONE can march in the Parade, wear a costume, and carry their lanterns. Expect over to see over a thousand, neighbor-made lanterns!

Pre-Parade Lantern Workshops

Sundays: OCT 12 & OCT 19
Creative Alliance: 3134 Eastern Ave, 21224
Three two-hour sessions: 10am, 12:30pm & 3pm. Suggested $5 donation.

Festival (Day of) Workshops
SAT OCT 25: 30-min sessions
DROP IN! 3:30-6:00pm

Patterson Park — Pulaski Monument on Eastern & Linwood Avenues

Each workshop includes a light with lantern. Purchase lights at $2 each.


A suave craft centric, lantern making party for adults. Grab your neighbors, a Lantini cocktail, and head over to the Creative Alliance to light up Highlandtown! Begin the night building your lantern with NEW materials. Bring plastic bags for tassels, handles, and braiding décor! FRI OCT 17. 8pm.

GLOW BALL Dance Party & Costume Contest (Grown Ups Only!)

The wild dancing cast and after party for the Parade is the Glow Ball at The Patterson. This year the manic gypsy party band Balti Mare sings of songs of goats, drinking and mad times had by all. SAT OCT 25. Doors 8:30pm. Party 9:30pm.

Interested in being part of the action? Volunteer at the Halloween Parade by clicking on the button below.

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