36th Annual Jamaica Pond Lantern Parades on Oct. 19 & 20

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If you're new to Jamaica Plain you're going to want to check out this weekend's Jamaica Pond Lantern Parades. Hundreds of people of all ages (and dogs), some costumed and some not, will gather for pre-Halloween fun in the annual presented by Spontaneous Celebrations and the Friends of Jamaica Pond.

This year marks the 36th year of the Jamaica Pond Lantern Parades that happen on both Saturday and Sunday.

Spontaneous Celebrations, Jamaica Plain residents and other community members created lanterns out of plastic soda bottles and tissue paper for the Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade held on Oct. 18 and 19, 2014. Lanterns were sold for $5 to $20 each.

Esther Ro


Before the parade, people gather by the Jamaica Pond Boat House, and hang their lanterns to display for all to enjoy the varied designs. The parades start at dusk on both Saturday and Sunday, as people walk around the pond holding their lanterns. You are welcome to bring your own homemade or store bought lantern. It is free to participate.

There are also still several lantern workshops leading up to the parades.

Thursday, Oct. 17, 3-5 pm
Egleston Square Branch Library (2044 Columbus Ave., Roxbury)

Thursday, Oct. 17, 4-7 pm
City Feed and Supply (672 Centre St.). Suggested donation $5 to make yourself a lantern.

Friday, Oct. 18, 6-9 pm
Lantern Parade Gala
Spontaneous Celebrations (45 Danforth St.)
Suggested donation $5 to make a lantern.

Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 am-noon
Spontaneous Celebrations
Suggested donation $5 to make a lantern.