Build Your Own Lantern and Join Local Artists to Welcome Spring to the Towpath Trail on March 9

The Towpath Trail Lantern Parade, hosted by Canalway Partners and presented by Kichler Lighting, is a celebration of light, creativity and sustainability welcoming spring to the banks of the Cuyahoga River featuring local artists and inviting community members to get creative. The parade will step off on March 9 at 6:30 PM from Sokolowski’s Overlook on the Towpath Trail in Tremont.

Canalway has commissioned seven local artists to create custom lanterns made from recycled materials. The lanterns will celebrate nature, encourage environmentalism and spotlight Cleveland’s history. Featured artists include Susie Underwood, Dina Hoeynck, Linda McConaughy, Suhaylah The Artist, Jacob Liptow, Shannon Timura and The Rabbit Hole Art Fanatics, a collaborative including Jane Baum, Bob Bucklew and Chris Rander.

Community members are invited to make their own lanterns from recycled materials and a battery powered light. Creativity is encouraged! Free lantern-making workshops will be held on March 3 and March 9 from 1 to 4 PM at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Community Arts Center in Tremont. Classes will be taught by professionals from Upcycle Parts Shop.

Additional lantern-making resources can be found here.

“We’ve loved watching this event grow over the last two years and are proud to include even more professional artists this year. Our goal is to get people outside in all weather and help people create fun, impactful memories in the places that are historically important to our city, like the Towpath Trail,” said Mera Cardenas, Executive Director of Canalway Partners.

The parade includes a 1.6 mile round-trip walk along the Towpath Trail. Registration for the parade is encouraged, but not required. Free parking will be available at 1429 Abbey Ave. Lanterns must be lit using battery-powered lights. Open flames will not be permitted.

The Towpath Trail Lantern Parade is supported in part by Joann and the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

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