Participants should plan now for Parade of Lights

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Yacht Club would like to remind residents that boats will be parading through the East Bay and Main Lake on Saturday, December 10.

Residents who wish to participate in this year’s Parade of Lights should fill out a registration form and start planning now. Do you need to purchase or borrow a generator? Do you need to purchase lights? Have you thought about light placement and decor? Do you have a theme in mind? With the Parade of Lights only seven weeks away, now is the time to start planning.

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A spokesperson for the Yacht Club says, “Remember that your boat does not need to be the fancy-looking float that you see in the Rose Parade. It just needs to be decorated with lights. If you have ever been to any of the boat parades in Newport Beach, you know that many of the boats are just decorated with lights and are not trying to have a theme. The same applies to our parade. Just decorate your boat with lights and join in the fun of the evening.”

For those who need additional motivation to get started on their floats, the Yacht Club would like to remind potential participants there are cash prizes for the winning floats. Prize amounts will be announced in an upcoming article.

Participants are asked to fill out the registration form and send it to the organizers so they will have a general idea of how many boats will be in the parade this year.

Last-minute entries can sign up on the day of the parade at the East Port launch ramp at 4:30 p.m. Boats that do not go through the registration process will not be eligible for judging and prizes, but are still welcome to participate. Club and group floats also are encouraged and welcome to participate.

For more information, contact Parade of Lights Chairman Jim Lange at 951-723-2441 or langejh@aim.com

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