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Call-Out for Lighted Boat Parades

It seems like Halloween was just last week and yet retail stores are already playing Christmas music. As our culture gears up for the holiday season, we’re collecting a list of holiday boat parades for our December issue Calendar. Is your California yacht club, marina or organization hosting a lighted boat parade or other nautical holiday event for the public to enjoy? Send us the details by this Friday, November 10, to be included in the December Calendar.

A festive sailboat entry in a recent Lighted Yacht Parade on the Oakland Estuary.

© Fred Fago

These events made it into the November Calendar:

  • Dec. 2 — Lighted Yacht Parade, Oakland-Alameda Estuary, 5:30 p.m. Theme: A Winter Wonderland. Co-hosted by Encinal and Oakland Yacht Clubs. Entry fee, $30; entry deadline: Dec. 1.
  • Dec. 2 — Lighted Boat Parade, Santa Cruz, hosted by SCYC.
  • Dec. 9 — 30th Annual Lighted Boat Parade & Fireworks, Sausalito, 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 9 — Lighted Boat Parade, Benicia, hosted by  Benicia YC.
  • Dec. 15 — Decorated Boat Parade, San Francisco Cityfront, 6 p.m., hosted by St. Francis YC.

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