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Blank Park Zoo’s Wild Lights opens in Des Moines with lanterns

Freezing temperatures couldn’t retain much more than 100 visitors from filing into Blank Park Zoo to light up their nights.

For the next 12 months, Des Moines’ Blank Park Zoo, 7401 SW Ninth St., is hosting its Wild Lights Pageant, a multicolored display of a variety of creatures created in the fashion of conventional Chinese lanterns.

“Lantern festivals stem from conventional Chinese New Calendar year celebrations. Modern day festivals have evolved to contain electricity to illuminate the lanterns although making use of the exact same common lantern-making skills,”  Anne Shimerdla, president and CEO of the zoo, advised those gathered in the zoo’s event center Thursday night. “(They’re) influenced by nature, new custom designs contain vegetation and animals to rejoice the world all all over us.”

Blank Park Zoo's Wild Lights Festival opened for VIPs on Thursday, March 31, 2022.

The crowd joined Shimerdla in a countdown for the lights ceremony that introduced the lanterns to everyday living for the evening.

Those people who make your mind up to venture out for the party this year will find virtually wholly diverse lanterns from 2021 — even though a number of admirer favorites returned. This time Tianyu Arts & Tradition, the Chicago-based mostly group responsible for the lanterns, supplied additional than 40 displays designed working with hundreds of personal lanterns.