SPOKANE, Wash. – The Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to Riverfront Park on Friday with a few changes.
There are 32 displays at the lantern festival and several of them are brand new, never before seen in Spokane. Tim Berry of Tianyu Arts and Culture, the masterminds behind the festival, said they brought several new elements this year.
“We have a bunch of new lanterns here with Confucius and we also have fish, penguins and lot of different animals," said Berry.
From dragons constructed from tiny jars of colored water to panda bears that will soon be automated to move, there will be plenty to see. Organizers said they hope the weather will not get in the way. Berry said last year wind destroyed some of the lanterns after the festival and this year they are prepared just in case.
“This year what we've done a lot of more staking into the ground and we've done a lot more harnessing them to the ground," said Berry.
Whether it is protecting the displays from potential wind damage, or fine tuning the tiniest details of each display, Berry said they do it for one reason.
“What we want everybody to take away is a really nice culturally diverse festival," said Berry.
Berry adds admission prices are down this year. $15 for adults and $10 for children 16 and under and children under 3-years-old are free. The festival begins Friday and goes through the end of October.