This year’s Polka Dot Dragon Lantern Festival delighted a huge crowd at Lakeside Park on Saturday.
Dozens of people, including many children, displayed their lanterns and other lighted objects (which sometimes included their own bodies) in whimsical expressions of this year’s theme, Deep Sea Dreamscape.
Hundreds of others came out to stroll in the park and on the beach to view the brilliantly lit sea creatures.
Initiated by artist Myra Rasmussen in 2014, the festival provides lantern kits in advance as well as an instructional video to encourage community participation and creativity. This year for the first time the event featured a parade on Baker Street the day before the festival.
“The best part of this event is the fabulous reactions I get from people of all different ages,” said Elise Timm-Bottos, who presented herself at Lakeside Park as the Royal Jellyfish Queen.
“There is this sense of awe and wonder that makes us all feel like kids again.”