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After Three-Year Hiatus, Philadelphia’s Chinese Lantern Festival Returns

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Emma Lee
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WHYY
The Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square uses 30,000 square feet of silk and more than 20,000 LED lights.

For the first time in three years, the Chinese Lantern Festival has returned to Franklin Square in Philadelphia. WHYY’s Peter Crimmins reports the annual illuminated festival was interrupted because of the pandemic and is back with new mechanical lanterns.

(Original air-date: 6/24/22)

WHYY’s arts and culture reporter Peter Crimmins first became interested in radio in the fourth grade, when he smuggled a contraband crystal-diode radio into the Boy Scout summer camp. Subsequent radio projects were more successful.