Published on Wednesday, 29th November 2017 - 6:00PM11/29/2017
Newport Yacht Club Kicked Off the Holiday Season with the 2017 Annual Holiday Harbor Lights Illuminated Boat Parade.
The Newport water front was alive with excitement for the 2017 Boat Parade. After the blessing of the fleet over at Goat Island the boats began traveling east from Newport Yacht Club. They then proceeded towards downtown Newport all the way down to Kings Park and Lighted Bell #3 then headed back to the Newport Yacht Club for another pass. This year's Parade Marshall was Executive Director of Sail Newport Brad Read. The Parade featured a variety of magnificently decorated water craft including leisure boats, commercial fishing boats, tug boats, US coast Guard and Navy vessels. The chilly water front was filled with smiling spectators young and old, sipping on hot cocoa and maybe some libations. The boom from the cannons along with the singing and excitement coming from the boats had everyone singing, clapping and lots of holiday cheers.