Bitter Cold Does Little to Dampen the Spirit of a Winter May Day Parade


Below zero temperatures and the bitter wind chills did little to dampen spirits of those who enjoyed the first annual Lantern Festival put on by Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre last Saturday.  Five giant animals representing  constellations in the night sky led hundreds of people on a procession across Marquette plaza. Community created lanterns were handed out so folks could join in as music by the Brass Messengers filled the air. This community event was a collaboration between the Downtown Council and HOBT after the cancellation of last years  Hollidazzle parade.

Catherine Jordan, from  Heart of the Beast said the festival was a little like a winter May Day Parade.

“Mpls Lantern Fest not only brings people together, but it allows us to embrace the heart of winter while ushering in the warmth and illumination of spring,” she said, “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to shine light on our great downtown.”

Despite the weather, hundreds of people turned out to, “Light the Winter Night”.

All photos were taken by © Anna Min of Min Enterprises Photography, LLC