430 lanterns make Hamilton's east end glow red
Crown Point hosting city's first ever DeLight Festival
It's an unusual sight in the drabness of winter — 430 red lanterns dangling over an east-end trail, each with a personal dedication.
But that's exactly what people will find in Crown Point this week as the neighbourhood holds its first-ever DeLight Festival, which starts Sunday.
More than 75 volunteers have pitched in to hang hundreds of Chinese lanterns on the Pipeline Trail between Province and Graham streets.
The lantern dedications range from "Sing to lighten your way" (from the Hamilton Sings! community choir) to "In memory of my father, Bernie."
The spectacle's origins date back to last year, when Fatima Mesquita and Nic Li attended the Hamilton Community Foundation's Neighbourhood Leadership Institute.
'It's just for the beauty and the pleasure of it'
Their goal was to come up with an event that would highlight the Chinese community and bring the broader neighbourhood together. More people came on board, Mesquita said, and DeLight Fest was born.
"It's just for the beauty and the pleasure of it," she said.
The group also constructed wooden structures that span the trail, and the lanterns hang from them.
The display ends on Feb. 23. The lights are on from 6:30 to 11 p.m.
About 200 of the lanterns are sponsored, although Mesquita hopes more people spend $15 to sponsor one at delightfest.ca.