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Fri, Nov 04


VFW-Hall - Naperville

Laternen Parade / St. Martins Parade

Our annual tradition of walking along the Naperville River Walk with our greatest lantern creations.

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Laternen Parade / St. Martins Parade
Laternen Parade / St. Martins Parade

Time & Location

Nov 04, 2022, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

VFW-Hall - Naperville, 908 Jackson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540

About the Event

We will meet at the VFW Hall parking lot and walk along the Naperville River Walk for about 30 minutes. Bring the entire family, friends, or neighbors to be part of this wonderful tradition. Dress accordingly for chilly weather! Join us for cookies, coffee, and apple cider afterwards at the VFW Hall.

Lantern Parade - Song Lyrics (PDF)

St. Martin’s parade is a widespread and fun event in Germany.  During the first week of November, we parade through downtown Naperville with decorative paper lanterns commemorating 4th century bishop St. Martin.  According to legend, Martin cut his red cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm. Over the centuries, lantern parades have become a widespread ritual in Europe and are still being conducted in many regions of Germany.

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