Nelson’s Dragon Lantern Pageant delights massive crowds of all ages – Nelson Star

A dragon took over Lakeside Park on Sunday night, making its means via the sky above the seaside to the bridge, which glowed at midnight evening.

This was adopted in a winding line by the drummer and a whole bunch of others of all ages, lots of whom had been carrying lanterns made for the event.

The seaside and park had been adorned with hand-made lanterns and lights, reflecting the relaxed and celebratory temper of the gang.

Organizer and founder Myra Rasmussen mentioned the Polka Dot Dragon Lantern Pageant attracted many extra individuals than in earlier years.

Picture: Invoice Metcalf

“It was means, far more turned out than we ever had,” he mentioned, including that folks appeared determined to take part in an lively, family-friendly occasion after staying at house.

“Folks had been actually excited that this was taking place. I put out lantern kits for the general public, and I could not sustain with the demand.”

She says that she additionally acquired a number of requests from academics for the kits. This yr’s theme was Eggs and Cocoons, reflecting the will to emerge from isolation and really feel some hope.

Photos: Bill Metcalf

Photographs: Invoice Metcalf

The competition has since expanded its location to Tagham, the place Rasmussen has since moved through the years, beginning the unique competition 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 top of Nelson the dragon who visited the lakeside seaside is constructed within the model he discovered there.

Rasmussen has additionally labored in different massive neighborhood artwork initiatives, together with Carnival in Brazil and Parade in Toronto.

She is dedicated to family-friendly neighborhood artwork initiatives.

“That is why I made it over Household Day weekend,” she mentioned. “It is one thing that appeals to everybody. It is about making artwork accessible and involving individuals within the course of of creating artwork – a celebration of artwork and nature in our neighborhood.”
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Photo: Bill Metcalf

Picture: Invoice Metcalf

Photo: Bill Metcalf

Picture: Invoice Metcalf

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