'Tis the season for festive decor, twinkling lights, holiday tunes and costumed carolers—all aboard floating vessels. The 51st Annual Huntington Harbour Boat Parade sets sail this weekend, rain or shine, with the theme, "Music Around the World." So let's celebrate one of the best perks of living alongside the Pacific during the holidays, shall we?
Taking place on both Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8, the parade kicks off around 5:15 p.m. and entertains until about 8:30 or 9 p.m., depending on your location in the harbour. The route begins at Carousel Lane on Humboldt Island or Gilbert Drive on Gilbert Island. From there it hugs Trinidad Island, continues on, then turns around to greet other areas of the harbour, including Gilbert Island, Coral Cay, Davenport Island and Humboldt Island. HB Events posted a convenient breakdown of the route, and here's a handy map to help you plan your perch.
Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee Co-Chair Lolly Mchardy, who also heads the boat parade committee, shared a few viewing tips with us to help you, dear readers, enjoy the best viewing experience possible. She recommends Seabridge Park as a prime viewing spot with ample parking; the bridges and park on Trinidad Island; and Sunset Marina, which also offers parking. Mchardy adds, "Peters Landing is a stretch, but you will be able to see the parade at a distance."
A total of 16 shiny trophies await the winning boats, which will be awarded for their efforts in a range of areas, including Best Animation, Most Whimsical and Most Efficient Use of Lights. Winners will be announced on Sunday.
Of course, the hard work of residents along the harbour canals who adorned their homes in holiday spirit never go ignored here in HB, and to shine the spotlight on their masterpieces, the HHPC has also organized the 51st Annual Cruise of Lights, beginning Saturday, December 14. Details are available here.
Happy Holidays, HB!