Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday Boat Parade

Our Weekend Memoirs

After spending three straight weekends at the library, I got to spend a "real weekend" yesterday. I was, however, too tired when I got home last night and fell asleep without finishing my post for OWM.

Better late than never... so here goes my weekend memoirs.

Yesterday, December 14, the Pompano Beach Holiday Boat Parade celebrated its 46th year with a big parade of decorated boats along the intracoastal waters of Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach, continuing north past Hillsboro Boulevard in Deerfield Beach. At around 6 o'clock in the evening, big and small boats, decked with festive decors, lights and music, started gathering around the waters of Santa Barbara. About seven in the evening, the parade of boats began led by Musette I Yacht, the official Lead Boat. There was a boat with an Elvis theme complete with an Elvis impersonator and back up singers dancing on the deck of the boat to Elvis's Viva Las Vegas. Another boat carried a Woodstock theme, another with a group of people dressed as toy soldiers.

This Holiday Boat Parade is an important part of the Pompano Beach holiday activities. Spectators line the shores of the intracoastal waterway to view and cheer the boats. One can see houses and condos with beautiful Christmas decors and lights filled with people partying and/or watching the parade. It was a very festive evening.

My friends Sylvia and Dave joined the parade for the first time. I went along with them together with their out-of-state visitors, Mo (also a Filipina) and husband, Dennis.

We took off at around 2 o'clock from the Marina and cruised along Hillsboro where we made a brief stopover at Lighthouse Point. From there, we made another stopover at Sands Harbor Resort Patio Restaurant and off we went to Santa Barbara.

The parade begins...................


Cinnamon said...

I like your photos of the boat parade with the Christmas lights. Its just a little too cold for us at this time of year to be boating here in Canada.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Beautiful pictures indeed of the fluvial parade. The pictures are a bit small in size to be able to really appreciate their beauty. It's nice that you were able to spend your weekend outdoors, watching and participating in that parade. Thanks for the post. God bless you all always.

Ebie said...

Wow! beautiful photo! I have never seen any boat parade, am glad you shared them with us.

Ours was last weekend and it was raining so hard, so I was not able to go.

Still nursing a cold. I hope to get back to blogging soon.

Enjoy your week!


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