Newport to Kick Off the Holiday Season at the Annual Holiday Harbor Lights Illuminated Boat Parade
Fri., Nov. 24, 2017 — 6:00 PM (Day after Thanksgiving!)
Welcome to the Annual Holiday Harbor Lights Illuminated Boat Parade and Blessing of the
Fleet. Boats will rendezvous in the Goat Island Causeway area at 1800 for a prompt 1815 start.
The parade will begin traveling east (clockwise around Newport Harbor) leaving Newport Yacht
Club to port where the judges will be located. Boats will proceed towards downtown Newport
leaving waterfront docks to port. The route will continue towards Kings Park and lighted Bell #3.
Boats will finish the last leg of the circle headed North back towards the Goat Island Causeway
Participating vessels may continue around the Harbor and also are invited to temporarily
dock at Newport Yacht Club for the awards ceremony and party. In the event of severe
weather, please call 845-5815 and listen to the recording. Please also tune to VHF 14 for
“This year we are excited to have Executive Director of Sail Newport and Volvo Ocean Race North American Stopover, Brad Read, as our Parade Marshall.” states Harbormaster Tim Mills. “The parade will feature a variety of water craft that call Narragansett Bay home including leisure boats of all sizes, commercial fishing boats, tug boats, and Coast Guard and Navy vessels,” adds Mills
Magnificently decorated vessels will compete for prizes in the following categories: Best Decorated Sailboat (commercial and recreational), and Best Decorated Powerboat (commercial and recreational), Best Decorated Fishing Boat, Best Decorated Porch or Docks, and finally, arguably the parade’s most entertaining category, Most Team Spirit.
Parade organizers encourage all Newport Harbor waterfront owners to decorate porches and docks for the event through the holiday season. An award will be presented to the most dazzling landlubbing display as observed by the Harbormaster from the water that evening.
To contribute to the community this holiday season, participants and spectators are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center. There will be a donation box set up inside the Newport Yacht Club.
Any organization, business, or boat owner that would like to get involved in the 20th Annual Holiday Harbor Lights Illuminated Boat Parade should contact Newport Harbormaster Tim Mills at (401) 845-5815. Participants are asked to register by 12:00pm on November 24th.