Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas Boat Parade

Just like a home, boats are often decorated both inside and out for the holidays. One of the best ways to show off the decorations is by participating in a Lighted Boat Parade. We were lucky enough to be invited onto a friend's boat for the Middle River Parade of Lighted Boats.

Before you let loose the lines, you need to decorate the blank canvas:

Boat railings are a natural location for lights attached with zip ties.
Cords can be hidden in the canvas.
Attach snowflakes to the arch.
Employ a boat hook and bungee cords to hold up a string of lights on the bow.
Include a mascot.
Plug it all in and invite friends for the ride.
Many boats arrived at the starting marina while there was still a bit of light:
Baltimore Pride

High-tech tree stand.
It's a new species -- Umbrella Jellyfish!

Some boats must make the boat parade circuit. I saw this boat in the Baltimore parade last year:
They even had a train whistle.
Apologies for the blurry nature of the picture -- trying to take a picture in the dark of a boat covered in lights traveling in the opposite direction of the boat you are on is not ideal for crisp photographs.
More boats:

Starting to line up.

Hopefully we can get our act together and participate in a parade next year. Any suggestions on how you would like to see our boat decorated?

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