One of the event’s most cherished activities is the Children’s Lantern Parade. According to the legend, the parade recognizes the generosity of Martin, a 4th century Roman soldier who one late, freezing cold evening was approached by a poor, scantily clothed beggar. Martin, who had nothing to give to the man, tore his military cloak in half to share with the man to shield him from the cold. Paying homage to his pure act of selflessness and work on the behalf of the poor, children light lanterns in the late evenings in search of St. Martin and a chance to catch a glimpse of the giving man.
Children are invited to participate in this activity, but reservations are extremely limited. // Cost: $25 per child and includes souvenir lantern and photo with the Christkindl Angel.