The parade is free and open to the public, and you don't have to carry a lantern to attend. But, well, that's like going to a college football game and wearing the other team's T-shirt! Luckily, there still are some lantern-making workshops scheduled in the days leading up to the parade, including one on Thursday, Sept. 10th, being led by Chantelle Rytter captain of the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons (still the parade's annual "host"). To read Suzanne Van Atten's earlier Personal Journey in the AJC about Rytter and the Krewe, go here.
Lantern-making workshops will also take place at the Old Fourth Ward Festival next Friday and Saturday, and artists also will be at the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark both days to help you make your illuminati. Go to Beltline.org for more info and the full workshop schedule.