There were fireworks of course, but the first rule of Feast Of Lanterns is you don’t mention the fireworks.
Second rule is don’t hang the Feast Of Lanterns banners from the streetlights.
Taken July 27:
The Mon Sori percussionists, a group of local people with Korean heritage, were just one of many attractions at the Feast of Lanterns, which drew more than 1,000 people by 2 p.m.
Although the lantern-adorned vessels and fireworks gathered bigger crowds later in the day, afternoon crowds could not seem to stay away from the Chinese-inspired event.
Music constantly played as the smell of burnt food filled the air, children ran in the water and made sandcastles, impromptu volleyball games were constant, inflatable bounce houses wore out the kids and a bashful sun kept the temperature around 65 degrees.
“The nice thing is the whole city does something,” said Virginia Coleman, a longtime volunteer.
The event was first held in 1905 but did not become an annual festival until 1957. Coleman said she and her husband understand the appeal, having been involved since 1985.