The Boat Parade is coming!

Credit: Bert Barbay

With Thanksgiving just past, it's time to remind everyone that the Parade of Lights will be cruising through the East Bay in just two weeks, on Saturday December 8.

"Yes, the annual Canyon Lake Parade of Lights (the boat parade) is now only a couple of weeks away," says Yacht Club spokesperson Dennis Pitts. "That does not mean you need to panic if you were planning on putting your boat in the parade and have not gotten started yet. But it does mean that now is the time to get things going."

It's time to reserve, borrow or purchase a generator and lights. Planning for light placement and decor also should be undertaken now in time take advantage of some of the sales that many of the local stores are having on holiday lighting products and other holiday decorations.

"Remember that your boat does not need to be that fancy looking float you see in the Rose Parade," says Dennis. "It just needs to be decorated with lights. If you have ever been to any of the boat parades down in Newport Beach, you will notice that many of the boats are just decorated with lights and are not trying to have a theme. The same applies to our parade." 

Those who missed the Boat Float Decorating Workshop, but would like a copy of the notes from that session, can e-mail Dennis at and he will be happy to send a copy.

Participants are asked to fill out the adjacent registration form and send it in so organizers will have a general idea of how many boats will be in the parade this year. 

"As for those last minute entries, remember that you can sign up on the day of the event at the East Port launch ramp at 4:30 p.m. And if you are really late, you can just join the parade at 5:30 p.m. and have some fun. Boats that do not go through the registration process will not be eligible for the judging process and prizes, but are still welcome to participate. Club and group floats also are encouraged and welcome to participate," says Dennis. 

He adds, "The Yacht Club and the community are really looking forward to seeing your boat in this year’s parade. Come out and join in on the fun!"