Photographing at the annual Decatur Lantern Parade is always magical. Residents of all ages come with their handmade lanterns to participate in the nighttime parade and hundreds of others line our streets to watch the illuminated procession. The variety of lanterns is stunning, from simple shaped globes to some shaped liked rockets, fish, and oversized puppets. The children in the image above participate in the STAR After School Program which is one of the many programs available to the residents of the Decatur Housing Authority. This group of youngsters has become familiar to me. They are enthusiastic participants in most of our community events and can be recognized by the maroon shirts they wear, not to mention their beautiful smiles.