Light City Starts Today!

Abby and I woke up early on a Saturday morning a few weeks ago to bring some light into your lives. And I mean that literally.

We headed to an event headed by Volunteering Untapped (awesome org, by the way) to make lanterns for the Light City Baltimore kickoff parade. Equipped with cellophane, packing tape, scissors made for the fingers of kindergarteners and a few supplies I found while rummaging through the trunk of my car, we created our masterpieces. [Side note: crafting always seems easier and more fruitful in your head; the actual process is much more discouraging.]

Still, we managed to come to peace with our Captain Planet-inspired creations—mine an ode to the Inner Harbor and hers a fiery volcano.



All this is to say, make it worth it to us. Go and see our odes to our elementary school art teachers at the Light City Baltimore parade this evening… and while you’re there, enjoy the much-more-promising marchings of performers, stilt walkers, musicians, bands, drumlines and artists.

Intrigued? Confused? Don’t have a clue what I’m talking about? Here’s the dish. Light City is the city’s newest attempt to attract tourists and economic development while celebrating the arts in Baltimore. It’s a celebration of “lights, music, and innovation” that will include several conferences about powering social change, gorgeous illuminated installations by local artists,  musical and theatrical performances and lots, lots more. You’re just going to have to head out to see it for yourself.

But first things first: start with a parade. According to Creative Alliance, “The route is a 1 mile walk from Inner Harbor Rash Field (Giant Wheel, Stop #1 BGE Art Walk) to Columbus Piazza at Eastern Avenue & President Street.” The event starts at 7 p.m. and will last roughly an hour.

We’ll see you there!

P.S. Light City Baltimore runs from Monday, March 28 through Sunday, April 3. Full schedule is here.


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