2014-10-30 / Around Town

Holiday Harbor Boat Parade

The Newport waterfront community will launch the holiday season with the annual Holiday Illuminated Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet on Friday, Nov. 28. The festively lit boats will circle the harbor and compete for best holiday decoration prizes awarded by the Newport Harbormaster and community judges. Prizes will be awarded for Best Decorated Powerboat, Best Decorated Sailboat, Best Decorated Fishing Boat, Best Commercial Sailboat, Best Commercial Powerboat, Best Decorated Porch or Dock and Crew with the Most Holiday Spirit.

The Newport Yacht Club is open to the public that evening and spectators can also watch the parade from Bowen’s Wharf, Bannister’s Wharf and waterfront points around Newport Harbor.

Boats will rendezvous in the Goat Island Causeway area at 6 p.m. The parade will begin traveling east (clockwise around Newport Harbor) leaving Newport Yacht Club to port where the judges will be located. Boats will proceed towards downtown Newport leaving waterfront docks to port. The route will continue towards Kings Park and lighted Bell #3. Boats will finish the last leg of the circle headed North back towards the Goat Island Causeway area.

Participating vessels may continue around the Harbor and are invited to temporarily dock at Newport Yacht Club for the awards ceremony and party.

This year’s parade marshal is Hank Kniskern, Past Chairman of the Newport Waterfront Commission and longtime advocate for Newport Harbor.

Boaters wishing to participate in the parade should contact Matt Gineo at 401-662-0082 or Harbormaster Tim Mills at 401-845-5815. Free dockage will be available for participating boats at the Newport Yacht Club and The Perrotti Park Harbormaster docks.

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