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Lighted Boat Parade
Sunday, December 16, 2012, 05:30pm - 08:00pm
Contact Joe Headley
Due to extremely hazardous conditions, parade officials have rescheduled the parade to Sunday December 16th in hopes of a safer weather window. The same start time and parade route will be used.
Conditions are such that "hard-surges" in and around the Harbor will pose a hazard to those unfamiliar to such conditions. The safety of boaters and spectators were of concern to event organizers and forced an unprecedented move........ Bummer
The Peninsula's Annual Lighted Boat Parade will take place Sunday, December 16nd starting at 5:30.
Parade participants will leave the protected Monterey Harbor at 5:30 and parade along Cannery Row with a turnaround  at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Boats will then parade by the judges who will be seated at Massaro & Santos' restaurant located near the Coast Guard Pier. Most boats will then parade by the end of Wharf 1 & 2 and back around to the judges.
This year's Judges are: Royal Calkins (Herald Editor),  Erin Clark & Dan Green (KSBW News Anchors)
Last year erroneous parade information was published and left some disgruntled viewers at Lovers Point
Parade facts:
  • This is the only known West Coast Christmas parade that annually attempts to leave sheltered waters and enter the open ocean
  • Participants typically spend more than 100 hours lighting their boat (for a grand prize of a bottle of wine or maybe a free dinner)
  • This parade happens annually on a Sunday. Normally a quite night, participants share their Christmas spirit with area residents and help support local waterfront businesses
  • Skippers will typically have hindered vision due to on-board decorations.  As such in addition to the skipper each boat will have a lookouts stationed port and starboard of the boat captain. Maneuvering around the Harbor in close proximity to numerous other boats at night is high drama for the captains
Please note: This is a weather-dependent activity. A little rain won't stop the parade, however sea conditions are the determining factor. In the event sea conditions do not allow for the parade, boats will tie-up & light-up around the Harbor, and the judging will still take place (the "immobulus"  parade)
Media who would like to ride on a parade boat, or need more info, contact:
Joe Headley, Parade Coordinator at (831) 372-9686
Location Monterey Bay