Newport's boat parade features a variety of watercraft, including charter boats, fishing boats, sail boats, kayaks and even the Coast Guard.
Newport’s Yaquina Bay will get festive in a particularly spectacular way this Saturday as a couple dozen boats take to the water festooned up in a variety of lights – all for the charity event known as The Annual Lighted Boat Parade.
On December 5th 2009 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM,
local lighted boats will make a large loop around the bay, from the Coast Guard Station to the Embarcadero Resort and back, showing off a variety of colorful designs.
Watchers traditionally line the docks and fill the restaurants and shops on the historic Newport Bayfront to watch the glowing display.
The number of lights and designs have varied greatly. Boats in the parade have run with as few as one perfectly positioned strand of lights, a small battery powered Christmas tree on a kayak, to thousands of lights on the larger vessels.
Newport is home to the largest fishing fleet in Oregon and the boat parade will feature a variety of watercraft, including charter boats, fishing boats, sail boats and even sea kayaks. This event is different because while many similar festivities contain mostly private pleasure craft, this one includes many working fishing boats.
Annual Lighted Boat Parade also features a decorating competition. All mariners in Lincoln County are invited to enter and win a variety of prizes.
This is a fun way to launch this festive season of fundraising, joined together by people from all over the coastal community while showcasing Lincoln County’s beautiful boats and the Newport Bayfront.