Plan now to be in the boat 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 part of the lake on Saturday, Dec. 9.

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? Lights? Have you thought about light placement and decor? Do you have a theme in mind? With the Parade of Lights only four weeks away, now is the time to start planning.

Bob Templeton, the Yacht Club’s past commodore, said, “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 that there are cash prizes for the winning floats. Prize amounts will be announced in an upcoming issue of The Friday Flyer.

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 boat 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.

“The Yacht Club and the community are really looking forward to seeing your boat in this year’s parade, said Bob. “Get your boat ready and join in on the fun.”

For more information about the Parade of lights, contact Commodore Dave Dain at 714-580-9358 or Jim Lange at 951-723-2441 or langejh@aim.com.

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