Austin Lantern Fest

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The Austin Lantern Festival happened to be one of those magical experiences in life where thousands of Austinites gathered together to enjoy the sky lit up with thousands of lanterns, slowly hovering over you and then gliding slowly up towards the sky, creating this miniature galaxy of lights. It was equally thrilling as it was romantic and the kids, parents, as well as couples, were ecstatic to watch the moment.

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Lantern Fest Crew did an excellent job, in terms of meticulous organization of such an event on a grand scale. There were around 4000 revelers at Cotton Bowl Speedway, 1175 County Rd 202, Paige, Texas,78659. Kids had their fun time at Inflatable Bouncers and Moonwalks, while adults painted their lanterns. This was our first time and we did not do well in terms of getting a portable chair or mats.Most people were quite well prepared. The place was almost full by 4 pm in the evening.

The music was awesome and when the singer asked everyone to take out their mobiles with the torchlight on and wave it in the air it was again an amazing site. Armed with marshmallow and crackers along with roasting sticks, we had our experience of roasting marshmallows at the fire pits and those marshmallow chocolate sandwiches called as s’mores, were, the real treat.

S’more is this traditional nighttime campfire treat popular in the United States, consisting of a fire-roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker.

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P.C. Akshay Mhatre

Capturing all that beauty in the camera was almost impossible, although we made few unsuccessful attempts to capture part of that fascinating view.

Each one letting his/her lantern go to join the spectacle as we watched them lighting up the sky with hope, joy, and amusement.

More importantly, all the materials used were environment-friendly making sure we are not creating any kind of pollution. Thanks, Lantern Fest team for that amazing lifetime experience.

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P.C. Akshay Mhatre

 

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