Can that Guy in the Red Suit Float?

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Well, I have listed Veteran’s Parades, Welcome Santa Parades and Thanksgiving Parades. I know, you were thinking, there could not possibly be more parades for the holiday. Well you would be wrong, lol. You forgot boat parades!!!!!!!! I forgive you if you do not live near water but boat parades have become very popular parades at Christmas.I have watched these boats be decorated and covered in lights. It really is a labor of love. The work involved is enormous. Thousands of lights strung from mast to bow and everywhere else. Many of the boats play music loud enough for those on shore to enjoy. Also the gliding in the water of the boats make it a different look and feel then a parade where participants walk or drive on floats. These parades REALLY have “floats”, lol. Oh come on that was funny!

One of the neat things about boat parades is that the boats glow with the lights but also the reflection in the water makes it look like twice as many lights. Get numerous boats on the water at once and it’s an amazing display of color. They are a wonderful spin on a traditional parade. I think if you have access to see one in your area, you should get there and experience it at least once.

As always, get out there and do something besides shopping this week. There are many good events that celebrate the holiday season for the young and young at heart. Be sure to check the search box to find out what is going on in your backyard.

Dec 02, 2011 – Dec 03, 2011
Since 1982, the night skies and the water has been illuminated by the over 50 decorated boats. The parade starts in Windsor Bay.
Dec 03, 2011
A waterfront spectacle with lighted boats of all types and Santa Claus. Parade begins at Tidelands Park and moves North past the Embarcadero and ends at Tidelands Park. Awards ceremony at 8:30 pm at the Yacht Club. Vendors for food at Tidelands Park, music at Anchor Park. Announcing station at North end of the Embarcadero.
25,000 Attendees
Dec 03, 2011
Since 1982. Visit Corpus Christi’s unique celebration, ringing in the beginning of the holiday season for residents and visitors alike. The event has continued to grow each year and is featured in newspapers across the country as a “must see” event. The beautiful skyline and bayfront marina area is illuminated for the holiday season. The fun and hospitality of the area provides the settings for wonderful sights, enjoyable family activities, and a variety of vendors, featuring great food and holiday items! Featuring a children’s parade, Santa motorcade, candy cane lane, Holiday tree Village and so much more.
130,000 Attendees
Dec 03, 2011
Since 1988, beautifully lighted boats of all shapes and sizes will wind their way through the Laguna Madre.
5,000 Attendees
Dec 03, 2011
Since 1991. Whether you are a boater or a landlubber, you won’t want to miss this nautical parade of sail and powerboats up the Hampton River. More than 20 boats are expected to participate. The parade will be visible from anywhere along the Hampton River.
Dec 03, 2011
Boats will be judged and winners selected in several classes including power boats and sailboats.
Dec 03, 2011
Features 50 decorated boats parading throughout Santa Cruz Harbor. This festive family-oriented event is a great kick-off to the holiday season! This is a family event with hot drinks and snacks available at various locations through the south harbor.
Dec 03, 2011
Since 1999. Alexandria’s harbor lights up for the boat parade. Boats are beautifully and imaginatively decorated by their owners, who are competing for great prizes. These sailing and power boats cruise the city’s historic waterfront on the Potomac River. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the marina by fireboat at 4:15 p.m. and make their way to the gazebo to take free pictures with kids and canines. A professional photographer will take the photos and a print will be made immediately to take away, courtesy of RedPeg Marketing. The Annual Holiday Revue will entertain visitors on the nearby stage with cheerful sounds by the Montgomery College Singers followed by the Braddock Brass Quintet. Yogi Bear and Boo Boo from Warner Bros. will be at the marina, too. Visitors are invited to support the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive by bringing a toy to the collection point at the gazebo during the event. Bob Madigan, WTOP’s “Man About Town”, will take over as the celebrity emcee for the parade at 6 p.m., when 50 brightly lit powerboats and sailboats led by the Vigilant, Alexandria’s fireboat, cruise down the Potomac River to Alexandria, VA, fully decked out in lights and holiday décor.
Dec 03, 2011
Since 1980. This popular annual event features beautifully decorated boats for the holiday season parading through Charleston Harbor. The parade route begins at Mount Pleasant and proceeds through the Charleston side of the Cooper River and ends at the Ashley River. Prizes are awarded in selected categories.
Dec 03, 2011
Decorated in holiday spirit, area boaters parade the York River in competition for “Best of Show.” Enjoy hot cider and musical performances in the glow of a beach bonfire while awaiting the magnificent parade of lights.
Dec 04, 2010
Lake Grapevine to twinkle with holiday cheer! The water of Lake Grapevine will glisten during the Twinkle Light Parade on Lake Grapevine at dusk. This lighted boat parade starts at Twin Coves Marina and picks up entries at each marina as it circles the lake. The parade is visible all along the shore of Lake Grapevine.
Dec 03, 2011
Since 1988. Start your holiday with the popular boat parade with plenty of twinkling lights as they line up at the Pink Shell Marina
Dec 03, 2011
Ahoy, Captain Santa! Be dazzled by the glowing boat parade on shimmering Lake Charles, The Lake Charles Lighted Boat Parade sets boats afloat, all decked out in Christmas tinsel and glitter Saturday.
Dec 04, 2011
Since 1986. The Destin Harbor will be dancing with holiday lights and cheer! Come enjoy live music, children’s arts and crafts, and hot chocolate with Santa Claus from 5-6 Pm at the HarborWalk Village. Boat Parade begins at 6 PM. with judging upstairs at Harry T’s Restaurant on the Harbor. Fireworks show at end of parade.
8,000 Attendees

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