Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Holiday Boat Parade

Not last Sunday, but the Sunday before that, they held the annual Huntington Harbor Boat Parade. (Well, it was held Saturday and Sunday, but I went Sunday night.)

I'd never been before, but I'd heard of it. Boat owners decorate their boats with lights and sail (motor?) around the harbor.

We set up in what we figured was plenty of time. We had our picnic and waited. And waited. In the frigid cold (57 degrees!). We were just about to give up (figuring we had the wrong night or they canceled the thing without notice) when the boats finally made it to where we waited.

(According to the map, they were supposed to get to our spot at about 5:30 PM. We saw them at closer to 7 PM.)

I took pictures. Most of them came out blurry. Sad face. (Well, it was nighttime--slower shutter speeds--and the boats were moving. Not a surprise, really.) But I can share a couple of them...

Our view without boats

Sadly, most of the pics came out much more blurry than this

This boat had lots and lots of wings

Party boat

Palm trees seemed to be a bit of a theme
I'm not going to tell you how many pics I took. Let's just say a lot. And these were the best of them.  

Still, it was a fun night, and it was great to see all the decorated boats.  


  1. It did look like a fun night and I like the pictures you posted here! You know, I never did this in the years we lived back down here in Southern California; (mainly because I'm not fond of crowds, LOL) so I'm glad you did it this year and shared your adventure with us :)


  2. Oh, the frigid cold of 57 degrees, you poor thing. At least you got to see those pretty lights before you froze to death ;).

  3. Brrr. A long wait in the cold, but worth it, eh? They did the same every year on Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, where I grew up. One year we watched from Dad's boat. The view was great and the cabin was nice and warm.
    Merry Christmas!

  4. Interestingly, our temps are quite similar except for us it's a balmy winter day, current temp 51 degrees and raining. Very unusual I might add. Love those boats! What a great idea!

  5. How pretty! I've never seen glammed up boats before. Looks like it was worth the wait.

    1. It was. And this isn't even half the boats we saw.

  6. 57F-That is balmy!!! I was so sad that we had a green Christmas and it was 53F-I was hot:) We were bummed we had no snow. Now I love these pictures and the one with all the wings is so neat. I love the blue lights too


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