9.) Asian Lantern Festival – Cleveland – September 10, 2021

After normal business hours, many ticket-bearing guests came to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

…where they passed through an illuminated wisteria tunnel…

…and entered a world of illuminated color and fantasy…

…at the Asian Lantern Festival.

Upon entering the festival, guests were greeted by the pleasant vision of Jack Frost Donuts

…a face painting booth…

…and a food market…

…with a decent selection of Asian dishes and snacks (Cleveland Asian Food/Li Wah).

To the left of the entrance was a lantern-lined passageway…

…where there were great performances…

…and plenty of photo-ops…

…inside a dragon’s mouth.

But, eventually, all attendees would need to head right of the entrance, pass the food…

…and follow a trail filled with beautifully lit displays…

…of such things as butterflies…

…musicians…

…signs of the Chinese zodiac…

…real animals found at the zoo…

…creatures found in Chinese legend…

…and even the Taj Mahal.

Along the trail, festival goers could enjoy a snack (808)…

…shop the market…

…for all sorts of treasures…

…and try to catch a glimpse of a zoo resident.

I admit that I was absolutely thrilled to catch a glimpse of a tiger walking about…

…but it was only a bonus to the amazement brought to me through all the festival’s fantastic displays.

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