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

Freezing temperatures could not continue to keep far more than 100 guests from submitting into Blank Park Zoo to light up their evenings.

For the next 12 months, Des Moines’ Blank Park Zoo, 7401 SW Ninth St., is hosting its Wild Lights Pageant, a multicolored display of different creatures produced in the design of regular Chinese lanterns.

“Lantern festivals stem from conventional Chinese New Yr celebrations. Contemporary festivals have developed to consist of electric power to illuminate the lanterns though using the very same conventional lantern-generating skills,”  Anne Shimerdla, president and CEO of the zoo, informed people collected in the zoo’s celebration middle Thursday night. “(They are) impressed by character, new tailor made types involve crops and animals to celebrate the globe all about 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 lifestyle for the evening.

Those who come to a decision to undertaking out for the occasion this calendar year will obtain nearly fully various lanterns from 2021 — even though a couple enthusiast favorites returned. This time Tianyu Arts & Culture, the Chicago-centered group responsible for the lanterns, furnished a lot more than 40 shows designed making use of hundreds of specific lanterns.