Saturday, December 26, 2009

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

*1The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is a holiday tradition that has been taking place in Newport Harbor for 101 years now - it's the oldest boat parade in the nation! While I did not attend the boat parade this year, I have many times before. In fact, the parade route goes right by where we keep our boat and in the past we've entertained friends and family while watching the parade from the back of the boat. Sad to have missed this year's parade but I was able to find pictures to share with you. Over 100 vessels take part in the parade - everything from electric bay boats, to small craft boats, to yachts, even canoes & kayaks. Each year the parade lasts for five nights (this year from December 16th - 20th) attracting millions of viewers.


The parade route makes it's way through the entire Newport Harbor (where the boats turnaround at the breakwater). Given the size of the harbor and the route it takes - there are many location spots in which to view the boats pass by.


Lights galore - apparently some boat owners have spent over $50,00 decorating their boats for the parade!

2The boats really light up the water at night!

3The Christmas floats make their way around a 14 mile route which passes by restaurants, yacht clubs, private homes, boat docks, and the public beaches of Newport Harbor.

4Many boats are also entertaining guests aboard the during the parade route (which lasts over 2.5 hours) - it's fun to see the party-goers enjoying the spirit of the parade and the holidays!


Hopefully next year I will make one night of the parade (and take some photographs of my own!). Hope everyone had a good holiday!

{Images via The Orange County Register}

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