Our artistic mission is to create open participatory platforms for creative play in public spaces. Parades are where a community sees itself. Lantern Parades are where a community sees itself as playful volumes of light, moving to the same rhythm, through a shared space. We believe this experience and the memory of it has a lasting positive impact on how people feel about their public space and who they share it with. When we lay down joyful shared memories together in a place, it is a blessing on that place.
We create large scale lantern puppets because we believe in the experiential value of real encounters with fantastical creatures. When we encounter and interact with art beyond our imagination in a familiar space, it expands our capacity to imagine what is possible here. We hope our work serves as a ritual reminder that we have the collective agency to regularly create wondrous experiences for ourselves and our community. As traditions, participatory creative celebrations reinforce our belief in the extraordinary nature of our collective character and the place we call home.
Creating parade art with our hands
for the purpose of delighting perfect strangers
with whom we have a date
to dance together beneath the sky
is a vital virtue of human kind.
We are always interested in creating new parades specific to people and place.
Chantelle Rytter + Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons are community parade artists best known for founding the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade. Chantelle and Krewe have founded several other annual parades based in public participation; the Hilton Head Island Lantern Parade in South Carolina, City of Sandy Springs Lantern Parade, Parliament of Owls Lantern Parade in Midtown, Parade of the Dead in Little Five Points, and the Gnome March in the Inman Park Parade. Chantelle Rytter is the Krewe Captain and Artistic Director. Rytter grew up in Baltimore and studied integrative arts at Penn State University. Living in New Orleans, she fell under the spell of parade culture and the notion that creative play can be a civic gift. Chantelle founded the Krewe of the Grateful Glutton in New Orleans in 1999.