Winter Bloom Lantern Parade to Light Up Gallatin Regional Park
Monday Feb. 5th, 2024
Gallatin Valley residents are invited to the first Winter Bloom Lantern Parade organized by the local non-profit Random Acts of Silliness beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Gallatin Regional Park. Spectators will enjoy hundreds of colorful lanterns inspired by the natural world as the parade meanders through the park accompanied by singers from the Bozeman Symphonic and Threshold choirs.
Inspired by the rich history of lantern parades and festivals around the world, Random Acts of Silliness is excited to start a new tradition in this community, said Executive Enchantment Director Danielle Thomsen. To spark light, joy, creativity, and connection during a dark time of year, the Winter Bloom theme was inspired by a similar event in the UK. Focusing on plants, animals, and insects felt like the perfect fit for this Valley of the Flowers, the name used by some indigenous people for the Gallatin Valley.
“People are going to be blown away by the vibrance and creativity of our community!” said Thomsen. “We are going to light up the night with a glowing garden of gorgeousness!”
Hundreds of lanterns will come from a variety of sources: lanterns are being made by professional artists, Montana State University Art students, and members of the community. Some lanterns will be made in community workshops led by Random Acts of Silliness and at drop-in sessions at the Bozeman Public Library. Led by an enormous queen bee, the procession will contain a kaleidoscope of lantern themes, shapes, and sizes under the ambiance of choral and folk music.
“The Bozeman Symphony is proud to partner with Random Acts of Silliness for this first annual event,” said Education and Community Engagement Coordinator Cierra Wallace. “Members of our Symphonic Choir will be singing under the warm glow of lanterns, voices uniting in this uplifting experience of a creative community.”
The parade is expected to take approximately 45 minutes and will be visible from most parts of the park. Spectators are encouraged to carpool as parking is limited, and to dress for the elements as there is no seating, shelter, or concessions on the parade route.
This event is free for our community to enjoy thanks to generous support from sponsors Design 5 Landscape Architecture and Sarah Day Bozeman Real Estate. For more information, please visit https://www.randomactsofsilliness.com/winter-bloom-2024