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.”
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.
When can you see the Wild Lights Festival?
The working experience formally opened Friday evening and will continue to be in spot at Blank Park Zoo by way of May possibly 30. Lanterns will be lit from 7:30 to 10 p.m. each Wednesday through Sunday, as perfectly as Memorial Working day, the closing working day of the festival.
What can you hope to see at Blank Park Zoo’s Wild Lights Festival?
The a few principal themes of this year’s competition are dinosaurs, creatures from Asian mythology and endangered/threatened species, selected to inspire conservation efforts.
Walking about the park, guests will see a spouse and children of artificial pandas wandering among shoots of bamboo and a established of lantern-koalas climbing by way of lit branches.
Strolling by the park’s event center qualified prospects to an come upon with an animated T-Rex and a photograph opp in front of a pair of pterodactyl wings ahead of wandering down a path that will take a person through the open up maw of a carnivorous dinosaur’s head.
Eastern Asian mythology is on exhibit when people wander past an azure nine-tailed fox, a creature that seems in Chinese, Japanese and Korean folklore. A path of common red lanterns and the lit head of a Chinese dragon also increase to this theme.
How to get tickets to Wild Lights Festival
Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be discovered through blankparkzoo.com for $24.95 for standard admission or $19.95 for customers. Working day-of tickets are also an possibility, priced at $30 for typical admission or $25 for members.