Neighbors plan expanded luminaria display

Mickey O'Kane, left, and Kathryn Ringham organize an annual luminaria project that has raised thousands of dollars for a domestic abuse nonprofit. File photo
Mickey O'Kane, left, and Kathryn Ringham organize an annual luminaria project that has raised thousands of dollars for a domestic abuse nonprofit. File photo

Lighting their street with luminaria is a Christmas Eve tradition for a group of East Harriet neighbors, and this year they plan a display that expands south into the Lynnhurst neighborhood.

The annual luminaria display has taken place every year since 1999 on several blocks of Dupont Avenue South, also known for a stretch between 36th and 46th streets as Kings Highway. Begun as a way to mark the millennium, it has since evolved into a fundraiser, with each participating household contributing to the Domestic Abuse Project, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that works to end domestic violence.

The luminaria display typically begins after sunset on Dec. 24, with the paper lanterns lighting both sides of the street between 42nd and 46th streets. This year it’s expanding south to include 48th and 49th streets, as well.

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