October 19

NORTH CAROLINA CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL CANCELED FOR 2020.

NORTH CAROLINA CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL CANCELED FOR 2020.

PLANS ARE UNDERWAY FOR THE RETURN OF

THIS BELOVED EVENT NEXT YEAR AT CARY’S

KOKA BOOTH AMPHITHEATRE.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE–(October 19, 2020)—Due to the current COVID climate and state restrictions on how many people can gather outside, organizers of the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival have made the difficult decision to take a year off.

 

“We waited as long as we could to make the call”, said KBA General Manager Taylor Traversari. “We had to factor in the time it takes to handcraft and ship the lanterns from China as well as set-up for the event. As much as we hate to do it, considering the current restrictions, we knew there was no way we could welcome the overwhelming crowds that attend each year.”

 

Since its inception in 2015, the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival has grown in numbers every year, setting an attendance record of more than 121,000 in 2019. The larger than life lanterns comprised of hundreds of parts and thousands of LED lights have become an annual holiday tradition for thousands of visitors.

 

“No one is more disappointed than us”, said Traversari. “We know people look forward to this event, and with all the disappointment in 2020 we’re sad not to be able to bring the full lantern display to Cary. With that being said, I want everyone to know we are already looking forward to a bigger and brighter event in 2021.”

 

In order to keep the magic alive, organizers have arranged to bring in several lanterns that will be prominently displayed in downtown Cary this holiday season for people to enjoy.