The Parade of lights is three weeks away

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The annual Parade of Lights is just three weeks away. Residents who plan to participate in the Dec. 9 boat parade should submit a registration form and start planning. Club and group floats are also encouraged and welcomed to the parade.

For those who need additional motivation to get started on their float, the Yacht Club is offering the following prizes:

  • Sweepstakes Award (best overall boat): $125, plaque and perpetual trophy on display at POA office.
  • Commodore’s Award (highest score): $100 and plaque.
  • Best Pontoon: 1st place $100; 2nd place $50, 3rd place $25.
  • Best Ski Boat: 1st place $100; 2nd place $50, 3rd place $25.
  • Club/Civic: 1st place $100; 2nd place $50, 3rd place $25.

All boats will be recognized with a Dash Plate Award commemorating participation in the 2017 Parade of Lights.

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.”

Last-minute entries can sign up on the day of the parade at the East Port boat launch ramp at 4:30 p.m. Anyone can join in the parade in an “unofficial” capacity by bringing their decorated boat to the East Port launch ramp by the start of the parade at 5 p.m. or join in along the way. Unregistered boats will not be eligible for judging and prizes but are still welcome to participate and experience the fun of being in a colorful parade on the lake.

For more information about the Parade of lights, contact Dave Dain at 714-580-9358, Jim Lange at 951-723-2441 or langejh@aim.com, or visit the Yacht Club’s Facebook page.

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