Plan now to be in the Boat Parade of Lights


With cooler days and Thanksgiving just around the corner, most people have already begun planning their holiday schedules. And one event that many Christmas parties are planned around is the annual Canyon Lake Parade of Lights. That means boat owners have just a few short weeks to get their boats ready for the big day.

Yacht Club Commodore Bob Templeton says, “That does not mean you need to panic if you are planning on putting your boat in the parade and have not started yet. But it does mean that now is the time to get things going.”

He adds, “Have you reserved, borrowed or purchased a generator yet? That needs to be done now! Have you purchased your lights and thought out your decoration patterns for your boat? The planning part needs to be done soon so that you can take advantage of some of the sales that many of the local stores are having on holiday lighting products and other holiday decorations.”

Would-be participants are reminded their boats do not need to be the “fancy-looking float you see in the Rose Parade.” It just needs to be decorated with lights to join in the fun of the evening. Club and group floats are encouraged and welcome to participate.

Participants are asked to fill out the adjacent form and send it in so that the Yacht Club will have a general idea of how many boats will be in the parade this year. Although last-minute entries will be accepted at 4:30 p.m. at the East Port launch ramp the day of the parade, the registration form is still needed in order to be judged.

Boats that do not go through the registration process will not be eligible for the judging and the prizes, but are still welcome to participate in the parade.

Bob says, “The Yacht Club and the community are really looking forward to seeing your boat in this year’s parade! Come out and join in the fun!”