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Lantern Parade at Riverfest

2024 Lantern Parade at Tampa Riverfest!

Saturday, May 4, 2024

The Riverfest Lantern Parade is an annual event where participants decorate their own paper lanterns and join a 1-mile parade that illuminates the Riverwalk! The parade will start at Water Works Park at 8:00 PM and end in Curtis Hixon Park. 


Thank you to our 2024 Lantern Parade sponsor, Mosaic!

kits will be available to purchase at the event!

Kits will be available to purchase in Water Works Park at the event on Saturday, May 4th starting at 3:00 PM!

Build you kit onsite to partake in the 2024 Riverfest Lantern Parade!
Kits available:
Manatee Kit: $25
Sea Turtle Kit: $25
Basic Kit: $20

Kit Options:
Turtle Lantern Kit includes- Lantern, Light, Battery, Stick, How-to-make Turtle Instructions, Body parts to cut out and google eyes.
Manatee Lantern Kit includes- Lantern, Light, Battery, Stick, How-to-make Manatee Instructions, Body parts to cut out and google eyes.
Basic Lantern Kits include- Lantern, Light, Stick and Battery. (color and size chosen at pick up)

Water Works Park: 1701 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL 33602


Create your lantern with us!


JOIN US! Lantern kits will be for sale the day of the event, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM in Water Works Park. 

Create a manatee, turtle or your very own design and stay to debut your lantern at Tampa Riverfest’s Lantern Parade on May 4th at 8:30 PM. Or, create yours prior to and bring it the day of the parade to join the fun!

Watch the video below to see a How-to Tutorial on making a Manatee or Turtle Lantern!
Video by: Manatee - Brenna Robe & Turtle - Elle Ashworth

Thank you to our 2023 commissioned Lantern Parade Artists!

2023 Riverfest Lantern Parade Photos!

Photos by: Tacy Briggs-Tronocoso
                  PamElla Lee Photography 

Create your lantern at home!

DIY Lantern Kit
Build your lantern at home and join us on May 4th at 8:30 PM in the parade from Water Works Park to Curtis Hixon Park!

DIY Supply List:
10" Lantern
20" Lantern
Lantern Lights:
Pack of 2
Pack of 7 - Make with friends!
Lantern Sticks:
Lantern Stick with LED Light (Pack of 4)
Bamboo Sticks
Lantern Batteries:

Other DIY Lantern Ideas:
DIY Lanterns for Kids
10 Easy Lantern Making Ideas for Kids

Create Your Own! Here are some great lantern ideas!