SPOKANE, Wash. --- The Chinese Lantern Festival has returned to Riverfront Park, after seeing success last year.
Organizers say everything except for the 120-foot Chinese dragon is completely different and new compared to last year's event.
A team of 23 electricians hand made 35 sections of lanterns which include hundreds of displays of brightly colored Chinese sea creature and animal lanterns.
From the pagoda made of 70,000 porcelain teacups to butterfly lanterns, the entire park is magically aglow with Chinese cultural pieces.
Last year, more than 80,000 people attended the festival. On-site Manager Jessie Li expects the same for this year. She says she hopes families who attend learn more about Chinese culture.
"We are actually hoping this the Chinese Lantern Festival showcases the Chinese tradition because there is no festival during the Chinese New Year like this and we are hoping it's very unique and people from other countries didn't have a chance to see," Li said. "We chose Spokane because actually we like this city," she said.
There are also acrobat and contortionist performances to check out at the festival.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids and $40 for a family pack. The festival will light up the Lilac City until October 30th.