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Area residents are invited to light up Suwanee’s Town Center Park this weekend by participating in an illuminated lantern parade during the city’s Glow in the Park event. 

At dusk on Saturday, April 23, participants carrying decorated lanterns lit with LED lights are invited to parade through the streets surrounding Town Center Park. In addition to carrying lanterns, participants are welcome to create glowing or illuminated costumes for the event.   

Glow in the Park is part of a two-day celebration that includes the International Night Market, an event that brings together arts, education and cuisine in a multicultural celebration of diversity. 

“We wanted our residents to feel represented in celebrating the many diverse cultures that make up our community,” Amy Doherty, events and outreach manager for the city of Suwanee, said of the International Night Market. “By adding a touch of international food and entertainment, we are able to tie our spring event to a well loved food and entertainment schedule. Visitors can eat their way around the world while enjoying great entertainment …”

The market, which will include more than 40 vendors representing various cultures, will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 22, and 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Stage performances will be held throughout the two-day event, with Tony Howard’s Motown Revue headlining on Saturday night.

In preparation for the lantern parade, DIY paper lantern kits in assorted sizes and colors are available for purchase at the Suwanee Arts Center at 3930 Charleston Market St., Unit B6/B7, in Suwanee. The arts center’s hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Call 678-878-2818 for more information or email 

For details on the International Night Market and Glow in the Park, including a schedule of performances, click here. 

FEATURED PHOTO: Illuminated lanterns will light up Suwanee Town Center Park on Saturday, April 23, 2022, during the city of Suwanee’s Glow in the Park event, which will feature a lantern parade. Pictured are past parade participants. Photo courtesy of the city of Suwanee. 

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Deanna Allen has served as editor of the North Gwinnett Voice since June 2021. Effective communication and creative design are her passions.

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