Frequently Asked Questions
Is there an admission fee involved? No, all of our events are free to the public. However, to participate in the lantern floating you should reserve a lantern before the event, otherwise, we cannot guarantee availability.
May I bring my dog? We respectfully request that you do not bring your dog. Please understand that we aim to encourage a connection among animal lovers that have lost their own companions. The night is about honoring our departed canine companions, not the ones we are lucky enough to still have with us. Also, keep in mind that we will have a full schedule that includes the lantern decorating, the procession, lantern floating etc. and it will be very difficult to juggle all of that and your dog as well.
Will there be food available? No. But if you come in early, you can support our local economy by visiting any of our downtown Baldwin Park’s wonderful restaurants. Please note, per City of Orlando, no alcoholic beverages will be permitted in the park.
Where can I park? There are several parking areas around the community, including the parking lot at the new apartment complex Baldwin Harbor next to the park, as well as three main parking lots.
Will the event take place rain or shine? Yes. Any rain delays will be communicated via our Facebook event page. Unfortunately, due to schedule availability of all the people involved, the memorial cannot be rescheduled. In the event it gets canceled due to severe weather, all parties involved will get a credit for the following year’s memorial.
Where do I pick up my lantern? Lanterns will be available for pick up in the registration area the day of the event. Please bring a printed copy of the receipt as proof of payment in order to receive your lantern(s).
I cannot be there to personally float a lantern, can I still participate? Yes, you can order an absentee lantern, and request to have your remembrances written onto it by a volunteer who will set it afloat for you the night of the event. You must select Absentee Lantern if you are choosing this option! **Please remember deadline to order absentee lanterns online is Friday, September 8.
What should I bring? If you are floating a lantern, bring a 5″ x 7″ photocopy of a picture of your beloved pet companion to be attached to it. Art supplies for lantern decoration will be provided. Please note: extra decorations make the lanterns tilt when placed in the water and therefore will not be allowed.
Can I bring my own lantern to float? Out of concern for the safety of the participants and the environment, outside lanterns will not be allowed. Our lanterns had to be pre-approved, due to Fire Department’s restrictions.
Do you use real candles? No, for the safety of the environment and all those involved, we use flickering LED lights instead. They have the same effect, plus they stay lit for hours, making them easier to find when it’s time to retrieve the lanterns from the lake.
What happens to the lanterns after the ceremony? Every single lantern will be retrieved from the water right after the event. Some of the wooden parts will be cleaned and stored for future usage, while all the sleeves with the dedicated remembrances will be removed and handled in a proper and respectful way.
The sleeves from previous years’ were collected and given to Orlando artist Linda Brant who in 2015 created a series of collages from the paper remnants that represened the canine companions that we have mourned. To represent the ‘unmourned,’ Brant hung 1583 dog tags inscribed with the word ‘Unknown,’ on site at Harbor Park. At the conclusion of the ceremony, participants were encouraged to take home dog tags from the art display as a memento. If you wish to know more about the artist and her amazing work, visit: http://www.lindabrant.net/
Is Floating Lantern Memorials a non-profit? No, Floating Lantern Memorials, Inc. is a special events company created with the purpose of organizing collective pet memorials in our communities. All lantern sales proceeds are used towards the production of the events.
Thank you so much for your interest. We hope you can join us!
DISCLAIMER: All participants understand that Floating Lantern Memorials, Inc., has no control over unforeseen events nor will be held responsible for any loss, injury or damage to any person or property that may occur as a result.