2020 Hilton Head Island Lantern Parade-in-Place
Thursday, November 5 – Saturday, November 7, 2020

Do to the COVID-19 pandemic, our community is being asked to get creative and light up our Island from a distance. Introducing Hilton Head Island Lantern Parade-in-Place.

Over the course of 3 nights (11/5, 11/6, 11/7) we are encouraging Islanders to light up their driveways, yards, balconies or doorsteps with their homemade lanterns. Let us know if you will have a lantern on display by registering your location and uploading a photo here. We’d love all of our neighbors to enjoy our community in volumes of light.

Chantelle’s Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons will be out each night at a different location for a drive-thru spectacle of light. So come drive by one of our stops and see her large glowing puppets on display each evening from 7-8 PM and celebrate from your cars.

* Thurs 11/5 @ Coastal Discovery Museum
* Fri 11/6 @ Fire Station 3 (534 William Hilton Pkwy)
* Sat 11/7 @ Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park

Also, the 3 neighborhoods with the most lanterns on display in your community will receive a surprise mini-lantern parade on your block @ sunset. So make sure you let us know you’ll have your lantern shining brightly!

We are still asking our community to create lanterns that represent Hilton Head Island’s unique ecology, history and people. We are just asking you to celebrate the final culmination of our work from the safety of our homes.

Created by and featuring artist Chantelle Rytter, the Lantern Parade is a free event and an opportunity for the surrounding community and visitors to celebrate the history, ecology and people of Hilton Head Island. We want to see our whole community as volumes of light!

We look forward to hopefully coming together once again on the beach in 2021 when it is safe for everyone.

A list of supplies, ideas and other resources to create your personal lantern can be found online here. 


About the Lead Artist

Chantelle Rytter is a community parade artist best known for founding the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade with the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons, of which she is the proud Captain. Chantelle has founded several other annual parades based in public participation; the Decatur Lantern Parade, the Grant Park Halloween Lantern Parade, and the Sandy Springs Lantern Parade on the Chattahoochee River. Her latest work, Parliament of Owls, debuted in Midtown this August. Though official word is pending, the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons is believed to hold the world record for Most People Dressed as Garden Gnomes. Chantelle grew up in Baltimore and studied integrative arts at Penn State University. She lived in New Orleans for ten years and fell under the spell of parade culture and the notion that creative play can be a civic gift.

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