Get your lights and music and lets PARADE around the islands! Click REGISTER to download the Entry Form, Guidelines and Waiver. These documents must be signed and returned to the Parade Committee in order to get your boat number at the Captains meeting.
Motor and Sail vessels are welcome to join for a $30 entry fee. Boats must be over 15ft in LENGTH, have a Maximum draft of 5ft and Maximum Mast Height of 25ft.
All captains must attend the mandatory Captains meeting on Wednesday before the Parade, at Stillwater Park. We will discuss boating safety, navigation and you will receive your vessel number at the meeting. Responsible boaters from all neighborhoods are welcome to join the festivities.
1. Know your boats capacity. Check out these articles to make a great display that doesn't overload your battery or generator:
2. LED lights use the least power while Battery Powered lights don't draw from your battery at all!
3. Test your lights BEFORE putting them on the boat.
4. Design both sides of the boat with the same theme or pattern.
5. To make a large scale figure: Cut a shape out of cardboard (or use recycled political signs!) and cover it with wrapping paper. Then poke holes though cardboard and string lights through to make a design (candy canes or shark fins) that light up in the night. Secure the cardboard to the boat.
6. Use tie wraps or twist ties to attach lights and figures to the boat. Tape gets messy and will be hard to remove the next day after the sun bakes it.
7. Keep extension cords and light strings away from the foot traffic.
8. NEVER put an inverter inside the engine compartment- this is a fire hazard.
9. Your anchor is a critical piece of safety equipment, make sure not to block its access with your lights or decorations.
10. Decorate with friends! And don't wait until the last minute, art takes time and patience! We like to decorate the night before so we have time to make adjustments or buy additional items the day of the parade.
These are a few of our ideas, most of which we've learned the hard way!
The most important thing is to be Safe and Have Fun! OH, and don't forget the music and your costumes! It IS a Parade after all!