The Luminata Lantern Parade in Fremont is happening tomorrow, September 21, 2016. Luminata is a procession of light, celebrating the arrival of the autumnal equinox and heralding the plunge into darkness that is winter.
The autumnal equinox happens the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator, which is an imaginary line in the sky that corresponds to Earth’s equator. Every year this occurs on September 22, 23, or 24. From here on, the days get shorter until the winter solstice in December, when the light will begin its slow climb back to long summer days.
More than just a parade, Luminata is also a celebration of art. Participants prepare and create their lanterns for weeks in advance and the results are stunning. By attending this parade, you are already a participant – even if you have no lantern! Revelers bring drums, musical instruments, wear lighted costumes and umbrellas.
The parade starts at dusk (around 7pm) at the Boat House on the south shore of Green Lake Park. Don’t forget some comfortable walking shoes!