News of: Thursday, August 10 2006,
On Thursday August 17 (10pm) children can let a floating lantern into the Prinsengracht canal, next to the Westerkerk Church (Prinsengracht, corner Rozengracht).
In the lanterns the children can put their dearest wish. Together, the floating lanterns will make a nice light spectacle in the canal. The wishes (of children with a serious disease) may be fulfilled by the foundation that organizes the lantern parades.
The floating lanterns parade is part of the Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival).
The festival lasts from August 12 to August 20. Originally, the festival started 25 years ago as the Prinsengracht Concert, which is still the main event. On a floating platoon in the Prinsengracht canal (near the Westerkerk church) a free concert will be given at 9.30pm. If you would like to see it, you need to be early!