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Detroit Water Lantern Festival 2023

The magic of hundreds of illuminated lanterns in Michigan

Detroit Water Lantern Festival is a great way to experience the magic of lights! The annual event is held at Lake Saint Clair Metropark in Harrison, a 770-acre natural oasis, located 20 miles (32 km) northeast of downtown Detroit.

A DJ stage is set up in the park close to the waterfront to provide some entertainment during the Detroit Water Lantern Festival, which runs from 3 pm to 8 pm. In addition to live music, lawn games are available for kids. Vendors' booths offer homemade crafts, jewelry, clothing, glow sticks, blankets, and other merchandise. The VIP package is available for those who wish to get premium seating and access to the best viewing area.

As the sun starts to set, water becomes illuminated and hundreds of lanterns get released. Many participants write the names of passed loved ones on lanterns. This ritual has a deep spiritual meaning. Lanterns are environmentally friendly and all-natural, free from toxic and flammable materials. They are made of rice paper, wood, and an LED tea light. After the festival, the lanterns are found by a drone and collected, so no remnants are left behind.

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