Hannibal’s tagline “Write Your Own Story” will have two meanings this Memorial Day Weekend. In addition to “writing” family memories in Hannibal enjoying the vendors on Historic Downtown Main Street at the Twain on Main Festival, Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, people of all nationalities, backgrounds and faiths are invited to write a message to departed loved ones as they take part in the annual Memorial Lantern Float.
The Lantern Float on Saturday, May 25, is an opportunity to truly memorialize a loved one during Memorial Day Weekend. The event is free and open to all. From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. those interested in decorating their lanterns are invited to meet in Nipper Park on the Mississippi Riverfront. In the past, participants have written special messages, prayers, favorite quotes on their lantern and even small items that reflected the memory of those the lantern honored.
Those not floating a lantern are yet invited to Nipper Park by the riverfront, at 8 p.m. to join a brief ceremony as the lanterns are released in memory of loved ones and are floated down the Mississippi. Lanterns are free of charge, but quantity is limited. Reserve one by calling the James O’Donnell Funeral Home at (573) 221-8188.
During the day, Main Street will be alive with the Twain on Main Festival. With Mark Twain’s book “The Prince and the Pauper” as the theme, the 70 plus vendors offer everything from wearable art to unique writing instruments and leatherworks. The festival runs Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.