Parade and Evening at the Pool

Q: Will the event be cancelled in the event of rain?

A: In the event of severe weather, we will cancel the parade and Evening at the Pool. For updates, please check our website and Facebook page.

Q: Where do I park?

A: You’ll find parking along Greensboro Ave near Hotel Indigo; in the public library parking lot; or in the Manderson Landing parking lot on the Riverwalk. There’s a wedding at the River Market so that lot is likely to be full. You may also use the Joyride service if you park farther away from the parade site.

Q: How can I be in the parade?
A: Just show up! Gather near the Bama Belle on Tuscaloosa’s Riverwalk by 7pm. Bring a lantern if you made one, bring a smile if you didn’t! Please respond to our Facebook Event

Q: What if I didn’t attend a lantern workshop?

A: You can build your own with inexpensive materials like tissue paper, balsa wood, glue or tape (materials you can find at Michael’s) or things you find around the house (sticks, leaves, paper). See our DIY Lantern guide and media page for ideas.

Q: Do I need my own lantern light?

A: We’ll have lights you can check out at the Bama Belle to use in your lanterns during the parade. If we run out, cell phone lights work, too. We hope to minimize the consumption of plastic when possible.

Q: How long does the parade last? 

A: The parade route is just over half a mile. We will cross the street (with the help of TPD) to the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum for “An Evening at the Pool.” There, you can hang your lantern, enjoy food trucks and colorful lighting, and visit information tables of local waterkeepers. You can also view the Swimming Together exhibition inside the museum. The gathering will continue until 10pm.

Q: How can I help?

A: Being in the parade is very important- the more people we have, the more beautiful the parade will be! Tell your friends and bring a lantern if you can. If you’re interested in helping with event setup, please email us at flowtuscaloosa@gmail.com with a subject heading “VOLUNTEER”.

Q: What if I still have questions?

A: Please email us at flowtuscaloosa@gmail.com!

Lantern Workshops

Q: Who can come to build a lantern?

A: Anybody!

Q: How much do the lantern workshops cost?

A: Nothing- all Flow Tuscaloosa events are free to the public.

Q: What materials are you using to build lanterns?

A: Tissue paper, balsa wood, glue and tape, scissors, recycled plastic bottles.