- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Chinese lantern festival is returning to Philadelphia, but with a host of new creations.

The celebration of light and culture at Franklin Square will feature artisans from China and their magnificent steel-framed and silk-wrapped giant animals, spring flowers and trees - which will glow with more than 15,000 LED lights.

The festival debuted last year and hosted more than 92,000 visitors from all 50 states.

Historic Philadelphia says 29 larger-than-life illuminated lantern displays - including a 200-foot Chinese dragon - will be on display from May 9 through June 11.

The festivities include a beer garden, performances by acrobats and folk dancers and authentic Asian food.

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