Boat parade Friday in Newport Harbor
The 16th annual Newport Harbor illuminated boat parade will be held on Friday, Nov. 29, at 6:15 p.m. Spectators can view the dazzling display of nautical holiday spirit along Newport Harbor’s waterfront from the Newport Yacht Club, Perrotti Park, Bowen’s Wharf and Bannister’s Wharf.
Viewing of the parade is free of charge. At 6 p.m., parade boats will rendezvous just south of the Goat Island causeway and then proceed east leaving Newport Yacht Club. Boats will then travel south along the downtown waterfront and turn around to return to the Goat Island causeway area.
Decorated vessels will compete for prizes in the following categories: best decorated sailboat, best decorated powerboat, best decorated fishing boat, best decorated docks, and most team spirit.
The event is open to any business, organization or boat owner interested in participating. To contribute to the community this holiday season, participants and spectators are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center. There will be a donation box set up inside the Newport Yacht Club.
If the weather is questionable, a recorded message will be available at 845-5815. Anyone interested in getting involved with the boat parade should contact Newport Harbormaster Tim Mills at 845-5815.
This year’s grand marshall will be Heath Abbott, a local resident who survived the Boston Marathon bombing.