Lantern Fest Toronto

Toronto's waterfront to be set aglow with lanterns

The latest Facebook event blowing up Toronto-area newsfeeds is one advertising a lantern festival at Cherry Beach. Since the image of thousands of lanterns lighting up the Toronto skyline is an appealing one, nearly 45,000 people have said they're interested in attending this upcoming fest.

While it doesn't look like one of last year's pervasive bait-and-switch events, it's hard to imagine Sky Full of Lighters, which says it'll use biodegradable lanterns, going off without a hitch. We have reached out the organizers for comment, but have yet to hear back.

Sack Lunch Productions - the group behind Color Me Rad and Slide the City - hosts lantern festivals across the United States. It costs between $25 to $50 to participate, but there's no word on pricing for the upcoming and unaffiliated Toronto event.

UPDATE: According to Toronto Fire Services open air burning is not permitted in the City of Toronto under the Ontario Fire Code. This includes bonfires, fireplaces, chiminea and sky lanterns. As such, it's likely that this event will not proceed as planned.

Photo via @lanternfest on Instagram - not the group running the Toronto event.


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