The Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade, one of Annapolis’ signature events for more than 30 years, is just around the corner!
The parade bursts upon the Annapolis waterfront with up to 40 boats of all shapes and sizes, power and sail, brightly decorated with thousands of lights and crewed by jolly revelers. This festive maritime event is great fun for the entire family. Skippers participate for the fun of it, and circle the waterfront in two fleets: one circling in front of Eastport, the City Dock and the Naval Academy seawall, the other circling the length of Spa Creek, inside the bridge.
This year, the Lights Parade will be held on Saturday, December 13, between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 PM. The event will occur rain or shine, with only high winds forcing a cancellation.
Lights Parade participants can compete for prizes and recognition either individually, or as a representative of their club. The parade is an excellent opportunity to show off a boat or to showcase a club. Anyone may enter and Eastport Yacht Club provides safety briefings as well as decorating advice.
More than 50 volunteers work all year long to produce this event, a gift to the city of Annapolis from the Eastport Yacht Club. Twenty to thirty thousand people line the waterfront each year to watch this glittering holiday parade. In 1988, the event was proclaimed the official Maryland Winter Celebration!
You can take home memories of the Lights Parade by purchasing posters or cards which will commemorate the past 30 plus years of EYC Lights Parades. These will be available through the Eastport Yacht Club and several downtown locations.
Skippers, should be planning to register their boat now for this joyful holiday event. Entry forms are available online at www.eastportyc.org. Click on the “events” tab, and follow the links to the lights parade registration.