Boaters Invited to Light Up Harbor

Lighted Boat Parade

Invitation to the Gig Harbor Lighted Boat Parade

Old salts, young salts and all salts in-between are invited to help dazzle the harbor with the Gig Harbor Lighted Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 8. The annual parade sponsored by the Gig Harbor Yacht Club gets under way at 5 p.m.

All area boaters are welcome to participate. The only requirements are a well-lit boat and a sense of holiday spirit, say organizers.

The parade route begins at Arabella’s Marina and will circle the harbor twice to give viewers plenty of opportunity to enjoy the lighted boats.

lighted boat parade

“Please join us!” said the yacht club’s Lighted Boat Parade organizer John Sasser in a press release. “We are hoping for a long line of brightly-lit boats, including fishing vessels, pleasure boats and kayaks. We plan to put on a great show for all those watching from shore.”

Celebrate the Holidays with Gig Harbor’s Lighted Boat Parade

Interested boaters can sign up and receive more information by sending their name, email address and boat name and length to ghyclightedparade@gmail.com. Or, go to the Gig Harbor Yacht Club website (whether you are a member or not) for more details and to register for the parade.

There is no charge and no obligation, say organizers, and detailed procedures will be sent out before the event.

More on the route….

From Arabella’s Marina, boaters will proceed toward the City Dock area, go past it and turn inside the harbor entrance. From there, they will go up the north side of the harbor and turn again to pass by Anthony’s Restaurant and the marinas in the western bay. Finally, they come back by Arabella’s and the City Dock before tracing the route a second time.

Lighted boat parade

Lighted Boat Parade route

The Lighted Boat Parade will be visible from many points around the harbor and is an excellent opportunity to gather friends and celebrate this beautiful harbor holiday tradition.

So, make your dinner reservations now at one of the many restaurants on the downtown waterfront and plan an enjoyable evening of viewing the lighted boats.

“We are hoping for a many boats, many lights and enjoyment for all, whether on ship or ashore,” says Sasser.

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