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St. Pete hosts annual Asian Lantern Festival

The St. Pete Asian Lantern Festival lit up Albert Whitted Park Friday evening. It was the first Lantern Festival held in St. Petersburg, and it went off without a hitch.

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While lanterns could not be released into the sky due to environmental concerns, 400 lanterns were hung up above the crowd for those in attendance to enjoy.

The event featured live music on the grass and over 20 food trucks with long lines of anxious customers. Large inflatable balls were also offered for guests to climb into and roll around in. Concluding with a picturesque full moon, the event was filled with laughter, great food and lots of lanterns.

All photos courtesy of Emily Bowers/Connect.

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