On Sunday night a dragon took over Lakeside Park, meandering its means by means of the sky above the seashore towards the bridge, brightly lit at nighttime night time.
It was adopted in a winding line by drummers and a whole lot of others of all ages, a lot of whom have been carrying lanterns they’d made for the event.
The seashore and the park have been adorned with hand-made lanterns and lights, reflecting the relaxed and celebratory temper of the group.
The Polka Dot Dragon Lantern Pageant attracted many extra individuals than in previous years, stated organizer and founder Myra Rasmussen.
“It was a means, means larger turnout than we’ve ever had,” she stated, including that folks appeared determined to participate in an lively, family-friendly occasion after a lot staying residence.
“Individuals have been simply actually excited that it was taking place. I had put out lantern kits for the general public, and I couldn’t sustain with the demand.”
She says she additionally bought many requests from lecturers for the kits. The theme this 12 months was eggs and cocoons, reflecting the need to emerge from isolation and really feel some hope.
The pageant has outgrown its location at Taghum the place it was held for the previous few years after Rasmussen launched the unique pageant in 2014 at Cottonwood Lake.
In 2008, Rasmussen spent a number of months as an apprentice to a grasp lantern-maker on the Aomori Nebuta Lantern Pageant in Japan. The pinnacle of the Nelson dragon that visited Lakeside seashore is made in a method she discovered there.
Rasmussen has additionally labored at different massive neighborhood artwork initiatives, together with Carnival in Brazil and parades in Toronto.
She’s dedicated to family-friendly neighborhood artwork initiatives.
“That’s a part of why I’ve made it on Household Day weekend,” she stated. “It’s one thing that appeals to everybody. It’s about making artwork accessible and about getting individuals concerned within the technique of artwork making — a celebration of artwork and nature in our neighborhood.”
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