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!

Lineup for the parade begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Alder Lane Beach Access. At 7:00 p.m., the parade will step off and travel north along South Forest Beach up to Coligny Beach Park. Participants should park at Coligny Beach parking and a shuttle will run participants down to the Alder Lane Beach Access.

The official after-party will be hosted at the Tiki Hut by the parade’s hotel partner, Beach House Resort

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

Featured artist, Chantelle Rytter shares this about the event, “I am excited to be working with Hilton Head Island to illuminate life on the Island with a first-ever lantern parade on the beach. Seeing the Island’s community illustrated in volumes of light walking together on the shoreline will be a spectacular joy. I dearly appreciate the luxury of time Hilton Head has afforded to develop this creative community collaboration; spending over a year to meet and explore how to best illuminate Hilton Head’s cultural treasures and people.”


About the 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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