Annual German School Campus Lantern Fest & St. Martin's Parade @ Old World

St. Martin's Lantern Fest & Parade 2018

Organized by

German School Campus

When: Sunday, November 11, 2018, 5PM to 8PM
Where: Old World Village
Admission is FREE. Public Invited.

Old World Village in Huntington Beach will host a St. Martin of Tours celebration, highlighted by a parade of children holding colorful lanterns. The event is organized by the Newport Beach-based German School. Read LA Times Article

Huntington Beach lantern parade plans to cast a glow of giving

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Los Angeles Times
by Bradley Zint, November 15, 2017

Old World Village in Huntington Beach will host a free festival highlighted by a parade of children holding colorful lanterns.

The event, organized by the Newport Beach-based German School, celebrates St. Martin of Tours, patron saint of the poor, soldiers and conscientious objectors.

Martin's legend is rooted in a tale of how, as a young Roman soldier, he came upon a beggar shivering in the cold. Martin gave the beggar half his cloak. He soon dreamed of Jesus, whose message helped persuade him to leave the soldier's life, dedicate himself to the poor and become the first known conscientious objector.

Martin, who also served as a bishop, died in 397. He is now celebrated by many Catholic traditions with a parade of children holding lanterns symbolizing St. Martin bringing hope to the poor.

Ursula Schoeneich, founder and principal of the German School - which provides German-language instruction - said that though the festival is rooted in religious traditions, [the event] will be geared toward families, not religion.

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Photo by Spencer Grant
Playing St. Martin, Mark Tom Schneider greets lantern-carrying children before starting the parade at Old World Village in Huntington Beach.

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Photo by Spencer Grant
Participants in the St. Martin lantern parade gather at Old World Village in Huntington Beach.

"It's really for everybody," she said. "We share kindness and reach out to help, especially during the holidays and Thanksgiving. That's an important message we want to bring."

The event will begin with raffle sales - the proceeds of which will benefit the German School - and food and drinks. Traditional pastries shaped like little men, or Weckmännchen, will be sold.

A performance and storytelling about St. Martin will start [and follow by the] lantern parade and singing. Schoeneich said some families are making their own lanterns, though the school will provide some as well.

She said the lanterns will have LED bulbs inside and will be a colorful display of stars, moons and the like.

Old World Village is at 7561 Center Ave.
bradley.zint@latimes.com
Twitter: @BradleyZint
View LA Times Photo Gallery: Old World Village lantern parage

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Photo by Spencer Grant
The St. Martin lantern parade winds through Old World Village.

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