Cleveland to host its first Water Lantern Festival on Lake Erie in June

February 6, 2019 GMT

Cleveland to host its first Water Lantern Festival on Lake Erie in June

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Thousands of LED-lit rice-paper lanterns will bob in Lake Erie this June, during Cleveland’s first Water Lantern Festival at Voinovich Park.

The Water Lantern Festival this year will travel to 80 American cities, including Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati, lighting up rivers and lakes with messages of hope and peace.

“First time in Cleveland and we couldn’t be more excited!” said Jessie Dryden, a spokeswoman for the for-profit event company, One World. “The energy from Cleveland’s downtown meeting the vast open water of Lake Erie is something really special. We’re so excited for people to spread out on the grass while decorating their lanterns with family and friends as well as enjoy some phenomenal food trucks and great music.”

The festival begins at 6 p.m. June 15 with food trucks, live music, kids activities and more at Voinovich Park, at the end of the East Ninth Street Pier in North Coast Harbor.

Attendees can write messages on their lanterns before lighting them and sailing them into the Cleveland harbor between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. Volunteers will clean up the lanterns afterward.

Tickets are $25 today and $30 until May 19. When you buy a ticket, you can also donate to the nonprofit Water.org.

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