Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival returns to Franklin Square Park

Shara Dae Howard
April 30, 2018 - 11:39 pm

Shara Dae Howard - KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- This is the third year Franklin Square Park has been the home of the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival and the city has never been brighter.

Spectators gathered to watch the annual month long spectacle of lights kick off Monday.

Amy Needle with Historic Philadelphia says the festival is a community effort.

“We’re really happy with the partnership with Chinatown and the lantern company in china,” she said.

Needle says these creations are part of a long held Chinese tradition.

“It is really a celebration of culture dating for centuries in China,” she said.

Some Philadelphia students also got in on the fun as they had some of their art work transformed into silk wrapped light sculptures.

The festival has more than 1,500 light sculptures on display and will run until June 1.