Tonight was the Parol Lantern Parade and Festival at Yerba Buena Gardens. The lanterns are amazing to look at and fun to photograph plus it's a pretty cool Filipino cultural event, too.
There were probably over 1000 people there enjoying the celebrations.
The Parol is a star shaped lantern designed to evoke the Star of Bethlehem that guided the Three Kings to the manger.
Different groups make their lanterns and compete for first prize. Some do a little performance at the end of the parade route, to help their chances of winning.
This group was a crowd favorite:
The video is really blurry, but you can get an idea how fun it is.
I changed my 'heart' bokeh filter for a 'star' filter and played around with the lights around the square.
Even the lights from all the traffic...
can turn into a magical starry night.
But sometimes you don't wanna change a thing. Sometimes it's absolutely beautiful just the way you see it.