Fun for the whole family at North Pole Nights at the Big Stick aboard the Battleship IOWA starting at 5:00 pm. Watch the boat parade and enjoy the activities and holiday festivities. Don’t forget to bring your ice skates. The IOWA now features Holiday ice skating on board the only Navy vessel to have an ice rink.
November 2, 2017 – The LA Maritime Institute will host this year’s Grand Marshal, LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn who represents the 4th District aboard the Tall Ship ‘Exy Johnson.’ Aboard the vessel will be guests of the Grand Marshal, staff and community members.
The 110 ft, square-rigged brigantines, Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, were built in San Pedro and commissioned in 2003. The vessels and their crews are the official Tall Ships and Maritime Ambassadors of the City of Los Angeles.
They are specifically designed for the TopSail Program as ‘Sailing School Vessels’ that provide character-building sailing adventures to the youth of our communities. During the year the vessels provided 291 program sails in local waters, 22 voyages along the coast, and to tall ship festivals in San Diego and Dana Point.
This year’s Grand Marshal is LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn.
Janice Hahn was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in November 2016. She represents the 4th district which stretches from Marina del Rey through the beach cities, the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the Harbor Area, Long Beach, through the Gateway Cities and east to Diamond Bar.
In her short time on the Board, Supervisor Hahn has already established herself as a leader in the struggle to end the current homelessness crisis, a champion for communities plagued by pollution and health problems, and a dynamic new voice on the Metro Board of Directors.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in education at Abilene Christian University in Texas in 1974 and taught at the Good News Academy, a private school in Westchester. In the private sector, she was Public Affairs Region Manager at Southern California Edison until 2000.
In 1997 she was elected to represent the 15th District on the Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission where she fought for many of the reforms in the new charter, including the Area Planning Commission, local representation on the citizen commissions governing LA International Airport and Port of LA, and a system of neighborhood councils.
Supervisor Janice Hahn inherited a passion for public service from her late father, Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, who held public office in Los Angeles County for fifty years and who left behind an incredible legacy of service. Before being elected to the Board of Supervisors, Janice Hahn served for ten years on the Los Angeles City Council representing the 15th District, and for five and a half years in Congress.
While in Washington, she served on the House Homeland Security Committee, Committee on Small Business, and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. She earned nationwide recognition for founding the PORTS Caucus and recruited over 100 of her fellow House colleagues to advocate for ports issues and infrastructure. She has been a leader on efforts to rebuild our national freight infrastructure system, level the playing field for small business owners, and reducing gang violence in our communities. During her time in Congress, Hahn had a reputation for working to find common ground across the political aisle on behalf of the American people.
SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The 54th Annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade with the theme ‘Hollywood at the Harbor’ will take place on Saturday, December 3rd, starting at 6 p.m. in the Port of Los Angeles Main Channel. Jaina Lee Ortiz, co-star of Fox 11’s new hit series ‘Rosewood’ will serve as this year’s Grand Marshal presiding over this spectacular display of boats celebrating the nation’s largest international trade gateway.
Officials and community leaders will take part in the parade as judges or passengers on approximately 60 parade boats. Vessels of all shapes and sizes will participate, including powerboats, sailboats, tall ships and harbor working craft.
Sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles, the parade starts in the East Basin near Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington and takes approximately 90 minutes to cover the entire parade route up the Port of Los Angeles Main Channel. Spectators may view the procession from several points along the Main Channel, including:
· Banning’s Landing Community Center, 100 E. Water Street, Wilmington
· Battleship IOWA, 250 S. Harbor Blvd, San Pedro
· Ports O’ Call Village, 1100 Nagoya Way, San Pedro
· Cruise Ship Promenade, Harbor Boulevard and Swinford Street, San Pedro
· Downtown Harbor, between Fire Station 112 and LA Maritime Museum, San Pedro · 22nd Street Landing, 141 W. 22nd Street, San Pedro
· SS Lane Victory, Berth 46 at the end of Miner Street, San Pedro
· Cabrillo Marina, Holiday Harbor and Cabrillo Way Marina, San Pedro
Viewers are invited to enjoy festive pre-parade events beginning at 4 p.m. at Banning’s Landing Community Center and aboard the Battleship IOWA in San Pedro. Home viewers may also watch the parade on Los Angeles CityView Channel 35. For air times, visit www.lacityview.org.
Register your boat online or at one of the three skippers’ meetings to compete for a trophy. Vessel entry fee for the parade is only $30, which includes one admission to the Parade Awards Brunch on Sunday, December 4th, at the Los Angeles Yacht Club. Advance tickets for the Awards Brunch are $22 or $28 at the door. Trophies will be awarded in the following categories: Theme, Traditional, Holiday Spirit, Most Original, Children’s Choice, Judge’s Choice, and Grand Marshal’s Award. Yacht clubs will be vying for the coveted Perpetual Trophy, awarded to the club with the most entries.
Deadline for boat entries is Wednesday, Nov 30th. For parade, boat entry, and sponsorship information, or to purchase Awards Brunch tickets, visit www.laharborholidayafloat.org, or call Henry Rivas at (323) 487-2101 or email email@example.com.
The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves. As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates more than 830,000 regional jobs and $35 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port. A brighter future.
BOATER REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 54th ANNUAL LOS ANGELES HARBOR HOLIDAY AFLOAT PARADE
ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3
SAN PEDRO, Calif. — October 17, 2016 — Boaters are encouraged to register now for the 54th Annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade on Saturday, December 3rd, starting at 6 p.m. in the Port of Los Angeles Main Channel. This year’s theme is ‘Hollywood at the Harbor.’ Jaina Lee Ortiz, co-star of the Fox 11 series, ‘Rosewood’ will preside as Grand Marshal for the sparkling spectacular of boats celebrating the nation’s largest international trade gateway.
Officials and community leaders will take part in the parade as judges or passengers on approximately 60 parade boats. Vessels of all shapes and sizes will participate, including powerboats, sailboats, tall ships, and harbor working craft.
Boater registration for the event is now underway. The vessel entry fee for the parade is $30, which includes one admission to the Parade Awards Brunch on Sunday, December 4th, at 10 a.m. at the Los Angeles Yacht Club in San Pedro. Advance tickets for the Awards Brunch are $22 or $28 at the door. Trophies will be awarded in the following categories: Theme, Traditional, Holiday Spirit, Most Original, Children’s Choice, Judge’s Choice, and Grand Marshal’s Award. Yacht Clubs will be vying for the coveted Perpetual Trophy, awarded to the yacht club with the most entries.
The deadline for boater registration is Nov 30. Register online at www.laharborholidayafloat.org. For more parade information, sponsorship information or Awards Brunch tickets, visit the website or contact Henry Rivas at (323) 487-2101 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade starts in the East Basin near Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington and takes approximately 90 minutes to cover the entire parade route through the Los Angeles Main Channel. Spectators may view the procession from several points along the Main Channel, including the Banning’s Landing Community Center, 100 E. Water Street, Wilmington; the Battleship Iowa, 250 S. Harbor Blvd, San Pedro; the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, 600 Sampson Way, San Pedro; Downtown Harbor between Fire Station 112 and LA Maritime Museum, Ports O’ Call Village, 1100 Nagoya Way, San Pedro; the Cruise Ship Promenade at Harbor Boulevard and Swinford Street in San Pedro; 22nd Street Landing, 141 W. 22nd Street, San Pedro; the SS Lane Victory, Berth 46 at the end of Miner Street, San Pedro; and the California Yacht Marina – Cabrillo Marina, Holiday Harbor and Cabrillo Way Marina, San Pedro.
Also that Saturday, December 3rd, viewers are invited to enjoy festive pre-parade events beginning at 4 p.m. at Banning’s Landing Community Center and Battleship IOWA from 5:30 – 9 p.m. in San Pedro.
The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves. As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates more than 830,000 regional jobs and $35 billion in annual wages and tax revenues.
The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port. A brighter future.
Early LA Harbor Christmas festivals
On December 24, 1934, U.S. naval ships in San Pedro were transformed into a fairyland of giant trees and scenery for the annual Christmas fiesta. On December 25, 1934, Santa Claus traveled by seaplane between the ships in the Navy benefit for 1,500 low-income youngsters.
In December 1936, 4,000 children were guests at the Christmas benefit on Navy ships in San Pedro harbor.
During the Christmas season in the 1950’s and early 1960’s carolers would board decorated vessels and sing to crew members aboard ships moored throughout the harbor.In December 1962 a small group of boat owners decorated their boats and cruised through the Port’s Main Channel shouting holiday greetings to each other, and anyone along the waterfront. The San Pedro Chamber of Community Development and Commerce adopted the tradition and formally organized the parade in 1963.
The first official LA Harbor ‘Christmas Afloat’ parade was held on Sunday, December 23, 1963, sponsored by the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce and promoted by the Port of Los Angeles. An estimated 40,000 people came to see 57 boats competing for awards.
Master Sergeant Silas Bass presided as parade commodore. Officers from Fort MacArthur and the US Coast Guard aboard the Angels Gate tug judged the entries in the East Basin. Awards, that included a 5 1/2-foot-tall Sweepstakes Trophy were presented in a special ceremony aboard the Sierra Nevada ferry boat at Ports ‘O Call prior to the start of the parade.From 1964 until 1978 the SP Chamber and the Port of LA co-sponsored the parade. 25,000 – 50,000 spectators viewed the parade from both sides of the Main Channel.
The parade began in the East Basin, traveled up the Main Channel to the San Pedro Fishermen’s Slip at berth 73 and back, ending at the Vincent Thomas Bridge. Media referred to the parade as the San Pedro Christmas boat parade. USCG assist vessels that accompanied the parade were referred to as ‘mother hens.’
Decorated vessels were judged in categories of: individually decorated, group decorated and commercial with the Sweepstakes trophy awarded to best overall.
The 2nd annual Christmas Afloat parade held December 18, 1964, began at 7PM in drizzling rain with 50 boats competing for awards. Manny Louis served as parade committee chair. Guest commodores of the parade were TV personalities Tom Frandsen, Stan Chambers, Miss Sally and Gene Majors. Judging was conducted in the East Basin by top ranking US Military officers aboard the Angels Gate tug at 4:30PM.
The San Pedro Yacht Club’s Spy Queen, (formerly the Dolphin) side paddle-wheeler, adorned with 2000 multi-colored lights and carrying the queen of the Los Angeles All-City Employees Assoc and her court, won the Grand Sweepstakes Trophy. First Place went to the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 46 four-boat entry, Santa’s sleigh pulled by reindeers mounted on three skiffs with outboards. The Ramona, a former 60-foot luxury yacht converted to a trash scow owned by the H-10 Water Taxi Company took Second Place.The December 16, 1965 parade began at 7PM, preceded at 4PM by a sea-air search and rescue demonstration conducted by the US Coast Guard in front of Ports O’ Call Village. Fire Boat 4 led the parade with a lighted, multi-colored water display.
Tom Frandsen, KNBC TV personality was parade Grand Marshal. Johnny Grant, TV and radio personality served as parade emcee and narrator for a 12-minute film produced by OZ Productions of Hollywood. The film included trophy-winning skippers, US Military officers from the Army, Air Force, Navy and USCG, and celebrity guests. Filming was conducted at a viewing stand between Norm’s Landing and the Bay of Naples Restaurant on the San Pedro waterfront.
On December 17, 1966, the festivities began at 4PM with a Coast Guard demonstration of search and rescue techniques followed by a concert by Fort MacArthur’s 72nd US Army Band. Carleton Young, popular star of stage, screen and television hosted the dockside activities conducted between Norm’s Landing and Ports of ‘Call Village.
Aboard the Port’s 42-foot Angelena, Grand Marshal Pietro DiCarlo, Port of LA Harbor Commission President led a parade of more than 50 decorated boats. The SS Princess Louise joined the procession carrying passengers who had paid $2 a ticket for a one-hour ride.
A panel of five top ranking Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard officers served as judges. First, Second and Third Place awards were presented for group-decorated, city and community-decorated, and owner-sponsored entries 20-29 feet, 30-39 feet, and over 40 feet.On December 16, 1967, Fort MacArthur’s 72nd Army Band presented a special one-hour dockside Yuletide concert at the viewing area just south of the Ferry Building prior to the 7PM parade.
The 804-ft P&O Line luxury passenger liner SS Oriana, adorned with Christmas lights and decorations led the parade as it departed for Honolulu and Australia. Second in the lineup was the Angelena carrying Grand Marshal Eleanor Chambers, City of LA Deputy Mayor.In 1968 the Port of LA and SP Chamber co-sponsored a 45-foot float in the Hollywood Santa Claus Lane Parade of Stars, the Huntington Park Christmas Lane Parade, and Inglewood Christmas Holiday Parade inviting the public to view the Christmas Afloat boat parade. The float won a first and a second place award in two of the three parades.Taul Watanabe, Port of LA Harbor Commission President presided as Grand Marshal of the December 21, 1968 parade. An estimated 30,000 spectators lined the west and east side of the Main Channel from the Matson docks to the pilot station at the end of Miner Street, between the ferry building and Ports ‘O Call Village, and in a viewing area just south of the Rum Runner Restaurant.
The SS Princess Louise was berthed next to the old Terminal Island Ferry Building and decorated from bow to stern with flashing lights.
The Sweepstakes Award went to the Ramona. 1st Place in the Commercial category went to the Trujack owned by Jack Ewing and entered by the Pacific Telephone Co.
In 1969 the parade committee introduced a symbol to represent the Christmas Afloat Parade that has been adopted by every parade committee since.Port of LA Harbor Commission Presidents served as Grand Marshals in the December 20, 1969 and December 19, 1970 parades, Robert A. Day in 1969 and Frank C. Sullivan in 1970.
An estimated 40,000 spectators lined both sides of the Port’s Main Channel during the December 18, 1971 parade led by Grand Marshal Dominic J. Comparisi, SP Chamber of Commerce President who was accompanied by Harbor Commissioners Frank Sullivan and Manuel Inadomi, and Harbor General Manager Bernard J. Caughlin aboard the Angelena.
Also in the parade was the SS Princess Louise carrying 225 passengers who had paid $2 a ticket for the one-hour ride, and the Buccaneer Queen, a 105-ft barque owned by Gary Narvaez and sponsored by the Ports ‘O Call Merchants and March of Dimes.
Among the entries was the Minx, a US Naval Reserve Yacht owned by Commander James Tolin, that carried 25 relatives of POW’s and MIA’s from the LA, Harbor and South Bay areas as a tribute to nearly 1,700 US servicemen who were prisoners of war or missing in action.Harbor Commission President John Kilroy, Grand Marshal along with fellow Commissioners John Chu, John Royal, Frank Sullivan, Manual Inadomi, Harbor Dept General Manager Bernard Caughlin and visiting dignitaries led the December 16, 1972 parade aboard the Angelena. The parade also featured the SS Princess Louis and Mansion Belle that each carried 225 passengers, two tugboats, four USCG cutters, several committee boats and 33 pleasure craft. At the end of the parade the LAFD’s Ralph J. Scott gave spectators a dazzling water display. An estimated 50,000 spectators viewed the parade from both sides of the Main Channel.
Sailboats were added as a separate awards category. Among the entries was the Highland Light, a 75-foot sailing cutter built in 1931 that was recognized as a trans-Atlantic racing champion in the 1930s and ’40s and the Scorpion, a Chinese junk. Winners, chosen prior to the start of the parade were announced over loudspeakers along the San Pedro waterfront as boats passed by.
The day before the parade, 320 sailors aboard the Navasota, a 600-foot Navy ship in dry dock at the Bethlehem shipyard on Terminal Island, decorated the ship with a 50-foot-high Christmas tree made of red and green lights and strung 100 light bulbs along the hull.
In October 1973, Andy Wall, president of Al Larson Boat Shop submitted the first entry, the Taisu Maru, a colorful 32-ft Japanese sampan he bought for $400 from a Dutch freighter line that had found it adrift about 500 miles off the Japanese coast. The SS Princess Louise, Mansion Belle, Shearwater and the Starwere scheduled to carry a total of 748 passengers through the parade for $3 a person. Parade committee chair Frank Corsentino said the committee had received enough reservations to fill two of the four chartered boats. On November 28th, the parade was canceled in keeping with the wishes of President Richard Nixon and LA Mayor Tom Bradley who urged owners and users of fuel-consuming pleasure or sporting vehicles to cut back on the use of fuel until the current energy crisis had subsided.
Co-Grand Marshals of the 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978 parades were the presidents of the Harbor Commission and the San Pedro Chamber – Harbor Commissioners Frederick A. Heim, Roy S. Ferkick, Nick DiBiasi (twice) and Gene Kaplan. From the San Pedro Chamber were Don Lorenz, Jack Pearson, John A. Ritchie, Curt Higgins and Bob Bershad.
Due to the cold wind and threat of rain on December 13, 1975, fewer than the anticipated 50,000 spectators turned out at vantage points along the waterfront on both sides of the channel that included a newly paved terminal north of the Princess Louise Restaurant on Terminal Island. The 110-foot Theresa won Sweepstakes. First Place winners included Dragnet II, entered by Sea Explorer Scout Unit 727 of the Harbor Area, the Malolo, entered by the Sea Scout Explorer Base in Long Beach, and the Yankee tug, owned by Todd Shipyard.The Grand Marshals of the December 12, 1976 parade, along with invited dignitaries rode aboard the Angelena, followed by 28 lighted vessels vying for trophies, the LAFD’s fireboat Ralph J. Scott, Angels Gate tug, the Coast Guard and Port Warden marshal boats, the Buccaneer Queen, Lani Kai, Lula Kai, Swift of Ipswich, and volunteer vessels that served as category lead boats. Sweepstakes winner was a 32-foot motor-sailer, Tiki, decorated by the Scouts from Explorer Ship 243 and bedecked with grass-skirted Polynesian and fire dancers.In 1979 the SP Chamber refocused their activities toward promoting business and discontinued parade sponsorship. The Port established an LA Harbor Christmas Afloat Committee comprised of community members, boat owners and sponsors, and became the sustaining sponsor of the annual parade.
Entries were judged based on the type and length of the vessel, and by categories of individually or group-decorated and commercial. Trophies, cash and merchandise prizes were awarded for First, Second and Third place winners. The parade route was extended to include the Cabrillo Beach area where it ended.
Grand Marshals of the December 8, 1979 parade were the President of the LA Harbor Commission and Miss Port of Los Angeles.
The Port provided $1200 for cash awards and $300 for plaques. In addition to other expenses, the parade committee spent $35.25 to mail 235 donation request letters. ($.15 a stamp)
The Carita, a 65-ft ketch owned by Dorothy and William Meier won the Sweepstakes with an entry that included a robed choir of 48 friends who pantomimed Christmas songs recorded by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The LAFD’s Ralph J. Scott took 1st place in the Commercial category.On December 13, 1980, after waiting for more than a half hour beyond the 7PM start time for the cruise ship Pacific Princess (also known as the ‘Love Boat’) to depart, a dense fog rolled in and the parade had to be cut short after passing the Ports O’ Call area. The Wild Goose and a privately-owned yacht originally built for James Cagney, used in the filming of ‘The Wake of the Red Witch,’ were docked next to the new LA Maritime Museum.44 official parade entries representing more than two dozen So Cal communities competed for nearly $2000 in cash, trophies and other prizes in the December 12, 1981 parade. Along the waterfront music from a dance band on the Wild Goose that had been chartered for the festivities greeted parade boats as they passed.
Aboard the Donna-L, Bert Harrington, former owner of Cabrillo Boat Shop exchanged wedding vows with Shirley Irene Kaberline as the entries circled the judges’ boat in the West Basin prior to the start of the parade.
The Port of LA hosted Grand Marshal, 15th District Councilwoman Joan Milke Flores aboard the Harbor Department’s Angelena in the December 11, 1982 and the 1983 parades.
Creative Endeavor, owned by parade chairman Jeff Wilkes led the December 10, 1983 procession of decorated vessels. Parade boats competed for trophies and cash awards of more than $1200, two sweepstakes prizes – a portable electronic organ donated by Baldwin Piano and Organ Co. worth $475 to be awarded in the individually-decorated categories, and a $300 cash award for the best organization or commercial entry.
The Angelena, following the departing Pacific Princess led the December 8, 1984 parade of more than 30 lighted entries. Among the entries were Southwest Marine’s 48-foot launch SWM Spirit, Ports O’ Call Sport Fishing’s 98-foot Sunstar charter boat, PacTow’s 93-foot Pacific tractor tug and LAFD’s 100-foot Ralph J. Scott.
In addition to trophies and prizes totaling more than $1200, the Sweepstakes prize for individually-decorated categories was the weekend use of a motorhome from Altman’s R.V. in Carson, and a $100 gift certificate from Dave Stoll’s Marine Center for the best-decorated first-time entrant.
The Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club won a $200 Sweepstakes prize and First Place in the group-decorated category with a small carousel of ponies circling the main boat of a six-boat entry. The Tesoro, owned by Rand Beardslee, followed by the Grand Mariner with the Dana Junior High School advanced choir aboard, led the December 14, 1985 parade of more than 40 decorated vessels. Among the entries was the Southwind, owned by Vlad Wortko, a 53-foot power boat better known as the ‘Riptide’ in the television series of the same name. Judging was conducted at 5:40PM in the West Basin. Boats were required to be decorated on both sides and points were given for originality, creativity, work involved in decorations, and how well the decorations held up in the parade.
The panel of judges in the December 13, 1986 parade included Superior Court Judge Sid Cherniss, Bill Lowery of the Seamen’s Church Institute, Mearl Ellison of Thermal Art, Chris Muller of Muller Marine, and Sally Ornella of Mike’s Marine. The Sea Watch, a 65-foot power boat owned by S.T. Kelly, decorated by the Marine Technology Society took top honors in the Sweepstakes categories of group-decorated and commercial.
A refundable deposit for entry number pennants was required and prizes for the best decorated entries were awarded in six categories and two sweepstakes in the individually-decorated categories. Sweepstakes winners were the Lady Constance, owned by Ed and Connie Clark and the Sea Dream, owned by Nigel and Patty Thompson.
In 1988 the Port purchased the 73-foot Angelena II, which led the December 10, 1988 parade. Joining the parade was the 180-foot Coast Guard cutter Conifer and the 88-foot schooner Lady Ada.On December 9, 1989, San Pedro’s two new dining/tour vessels, the 600-passenger Spirit of Los Angeles and the California Hornblower led a parade of more than 40 boats competing for awards in six categories and theme, ‘Christmas Around the World.’ Passengers boarded the tour vessels at the former site of the SS Princess Louise that had capsized at a Terminal Island shipyard on October 31. Until 1987, the Princess Louise hosted many of the annual LA Harbor boat parade awards banquets.
The parade began at the Vincent Thomas Bridge, traveled up the Main Channel to the Port Pilot’s Station and back to the bridge where it ended. All spectator viewing areas were along the west side of the Main Channel from Ports O’ Call to Warehouse 1.The sailboat, Papagayo, individually-decorated and owned by Douglas Thompson and 41-foot trawler, Shooting Star, owned by Frank Dair and group-decorated by members of the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club won Sweepstakes and First Place category awards in the December 8, 1990 parade.In the December 7, 1991 parade, Sweepstakes winner in the category of private powerboats and sailboats was School’s Out, owned by Neil and Margo Alderman. Jet Cat, entered by Catalina Express won sweepstakes awards in the category of group and commercial vessels and Best First-time Entry.Beginning in 1992 the parade route was expanded to include the Cerritos Channel marinas and the Cabrillo marinas in the Port’s Outer Harbor where the parade ended. Four boat owners who had small skiffs were recruited to serve as ‘wet ducks.’ The skiffs were equipped with flashing lights and positioned along the parade route to guide the parade at turning locations.
From 1992 to 1997 the parade was a two-day event and the parade route included the Consolidated Slip in the Port’s East Basin. Boaters competed in five categories that included Theme, Traditional, Whimsical/Humorous, Musical and Commercial/Group. Judging stations were located along the parade route at the Matson Terminal, Berth 206-209, Distribution and Auto Services (DAS) terminal, Berth 195-199, Ports O’ Call Village, 22ndStreet Landing Grill and Bar, and at the LA Maritime Museum where a group of Harbor area students chose their favorite entrant. At the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce building at Banning’s Landing, a local service organization sold hot chocolate to residents that lined the waterfront there. In San Pedro, the Ports O’ Call Restaurant, Acapulco Mexican Restaurant, Whiskey Joe’s and 22nd Street Landing were booked to capacity for the two-day event.
Entries were judged on Saturday, the winners announced Sunday morning, and on Sunday evening winning entries carried banners depicting the category in which they won.
Receptacles for canned foods for the Los Angeles Food Bank were placed at various viewing locations along the December 13-14, 1992 parade route. Collections were distributed to more than 644 centers in the LA area.
On December 11 and 12, 1993 the S.S. Lane Victory, a restored World War II cargo ship that also served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, adorned with Christmas lights, reindeer and cargo boxes decorated to look like giant gift packages led the parade. Aboard the ship were Mayors and other city officials from at least a dozen area communities. Festivities included musicians, singers, a ventriloquist, Santa Claus and gifts for the children aboard from the Make A Wish Foundation and Toberman Settlement House.
Grand Marshals were the cast from ‘Leave it to Beaver,’ Jerry Mathers, Tony Dow, Barbara Billingsly and Ken Osmond. The parade theme was, ‘Treasures of Christmas.’
The San Pedro Yacht Club began the tradition of awarding a perpetual Challenge Cup to the yacht club with the most entries in the parade, which was presented to the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club following the parade.Buddy Ebsen presided as Grand Marshal of the December 10-11, 1994 parade. The parade theme was ‘Harbor Lights’ and the San Pedro Yacht Club took the Perpetual Trophy.
Grand Marshal Johnny Mountain, KABC TV led the December 14-15, 1996 parade with the theme of ‘Santa’s Magical Harbor.’ The Nessie-Jo, owned by Roger West and Warren Burnette of Sherman Oaks, won three awards: the Students’ Choice Award sweepstakes, Distribution and Auto Services Award for favorite noncommercial powerboat, and first place in the whimsical/humorous powerboats category. The Perpetual Trophy went to the San Pedro Yacht Club.Participating in the December 13-14, 1997 parade, themed ‘Santa’s Floating into Town’ were three tall ships, the Hawaiian Chieftain, a 103-feet-long topsail ketch based in Sausalito, the Lady Washington, a 105-feet-long two-masted brig from Aberdeen, Washington, and the Swift of Ipswich, a 90-feet-long topsail schooner based at the LA Maritime Museum. The Perpetual Trophy went to the San Pedro Yacht Club.In 1998 the parade reverted to a one-night event and the Consolidated Slip was dropped from the parade route due to consistently strong currents and narrow channel.
Joe Amalfitano, former LA Dodgers coach and 44-year professional ball player presided over the December 12, 1998 parade with the theme, ‘Jingle Boat Rock.’ The Long Beach Singles Sailing Association took the Perpetual Trophy.
The December 11, 1999 boat parade was sponsored by the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club and the Los Angeles Yacht Club. The parade route included the Ports O’ Call and Cabrillo marinas areas.
The San Pedro Yacht Club, along with South Bay Shriners Club, Long Beach Singles Sailing Association, Hurricane Gulch Yacht Club and Hollywood Yacht Club sponsored the parades of December 9, 2000 with the theme ‘Boats in Toyland’ and December 8, 2001, themed ‘America the Beautiful. The parades were also held as a benefit with proceeds from entry fees and toy collections donated to the St. Francis Medical Center Children’s Center and the Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children, which started the tradition of the annual boat parade charity fundraiser and toy drive. There were no Grand Marshals during those years and skippers chose the categories in which they were competing. The Perpetual Trophy went to the San Pedro Yacht Club both years.In 2002 an independent parade committee was established by the nonprofit Pacific Unicomm Corp with the Port of LA as the major sponsor and co-sponsored by LA and LB yacht clubs. The parade name was changed to LA Harbor Holiday Afloat. The parade date was established as the first Saturday in December and as a toy drive and fundraising event to assist harbor area youth organizations and nonprofits with their holiday events. The newly completed Banning’s Landing Community Center in slip 8 was added to the parade route where the parade has been judged, viewed and filmed since 2002.
First, second and third place trophies are awarded in the categories of: Traditional, Theme, Humorous, Commercial, Ancient Mariner and Classic Craft (the latter two since replaced by Holiday Spirit and Best Animation). Top awards include the Grand Marshal’s Award, Children’s Choice and Most Original.
L.A. Mayor James Hahn served as Grand Marshal with 15th District Councilwoman Janice Hahn as Commodore of the Fleet in the December 7, 2002 parade. The Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, the LA Maritime Institute’s new 100-feet-long twin brigantines joined the parade. Built in San Pedro for the TopSail Youth Program the vessels, and their crews, are the official Tall Ships and Maritime Ambassadors of the City of Los Angeles. The parade theme was ‘Angels Afloat’ and the Perpetual Trophy went to the San Pedro Yacht Club.
15th District Councilwoman Janice Hahn presided as Commodore of the Fleet in the December 6, 2003 parade with Grand Marshals, Wilmington Honorary Mayor Cecilia Moreno and San Pedro Honorary Mayor Jennifer Zivkovic. The theme was ‘Joy to the World’ and the Long Beach Singles Sailing Assoc took the Perpetual Trophy.
From 2004 until 2009 the route included the channel at the new Cruise Ship Plaza in San Pedro, but was dropped from the route in 2010 as the channel was too narrow for larger vessels.
Grand Marshal 15th District Councilwoman Janice Hahn led the December 4, 2004 parade with the theme ‘Harbor Lights.’ The LAFD’s new Fireboat No. 2, Warner L. Lawrence participated as one of the lead vessels. Cash prizes were awarded to the top three winning entries and the Perpetual Trophy went to the Long Beach Singles Sailing Assoc.
Three judging stations were established along the parade route at Banning’s Landing, SS Lane Victory, that hosted children from the LA KIDS Rec & Parks program and the Children’s Choice Award judging station, and the LA Maritime Museum, which has since moved to the adjacent Port Police Marine dock.
The December 3, 2005 parade, themed ‘Holiday Magic’ was led by Commodore of the Fleet, 15th District Councilwoman Janice Hahn and Grand Marshals, Margaret Hernandez and Andrew Silber. The Perpetual Trophy went to the Long Beach Singles Sailing Assoc.
Commodore of the Fleet, 15th District Councilwoman Janice Hahn and Grand Marshal, Wilmington Honorary Mayor Mary Gutierrez presided over the December 2, 2006 parade with the theme ‘Boats in Toyland.’ The Long Beach Singles Sailing Assoc took the Perpetual Trophy.
Since 2006 pre-parade events have included a Holiday Boutique and other festivities at the Banning’s Landing Community Center, and beginning in 2011 a Wilmington Winter Wonderland with 20 tons of snow at the new Wilmington Waterfront Park, courtesy of the Port of LA.
Garth Kemp of ABC Channel 7 News presided as Grand Marshal in the December 1, 2007 parade with the theme ‘An Old Fashioned Holiday.’ The Perpetual Trophy went to the Long Beach Singles Yacht Club.
In 2008 the new Gateway Plaza Fanfare Fountain at the entrance to the World Cruise Center opened, offering spectators a spectacular post-parade water show synchronized to holiday songs and lights.
Port of LA Harbor Commission Vice President, Jerilyn López Mendoza presided as Grand Marshal of the December 6, 2008 parade with the theme ‘Crusin’ Into the Holidays.’ The Perpetual Trophy went to the Long Beach Singles Yacht Club.In 2009 and 2010 the parade committee joined with the Port of LA Port Police Association and Gang Alternatives Program to provide a special toy and food giveaway at Banning’s Landing to brighten the holidays of our less fortunate harbor area families. Also in 2010 a fourth judging station was added at the end of the parade route along the fairway in the Cabrillo marinas.
Grand Marshal of the December 5, 2009 parade was Cecilia Moreno, recognized by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as ‘City of LA Volunteer of the Year.’ The parade theme was ‘Deck the Hulls,’ with the Perpetual Trophy going to the Long Beach Singles Yacht Club.
With a patriotic theme of ‘Home for the Holidays,’ Grand Marshals Mike and Shirley Walker, directors of the nonprofit San Pedro Packages for Patriots led the December 3, 2011 parade aboard the Irving Johnson. The all-volunteer organization has shipped thousands of care packages containing letters and comfort items to men and women in all branches of the service deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Perpetual Trophy went to the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club.In 2012, the parade committee celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the LA Harbor Holiday Afloat parade with the theme ’50 Golden Years of Holiday Lights.’ SouthBayNetwork.com created and continues to host the official LA Harbor Holiday Afloat website.
Grand Marshal Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino presided over the December 1, 2012 parade aboard the M/V Kristina, an 85-foot, 150-passenger vessel owned by the Harbor Breeze Corporation in Long Beach.At the lead was the new 65-foot Port Police dive boat, an aluminum hydrofoil-assisted catamaran equipped for dive and sonar missions, built by All American Marine in 2012.The Battleship IOWA, an interactive naval museum that opened to the public on July 7th hosted the Children’s Choice Award judging station. Built in 1940, the USS IOWA, known as the ‘Battleship of the Presidents,’ served our country in WWII and the Korean Conflict.To commemorate the parade’s 50th anniversary, Bill Orton, District Representative for Senator Roderick Wright presented a legislative proclamation to the parade committee. The Perpetual Trophy went to the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club.
Other 50th Anniversaries celebrated in 2012 were the Vincent Thomas Bridge, Ports O’ Call Village, SA Recycling and LAFD Fire Boat 4, the Bethel F. Gifford.
Grand Marshal, 35th District Senator Roderick Wright presided over the December 7, 2013, themed ‘Holidays Around the World’, aboard the M/V Triumphant, an 83-foot, high tech, eco-friendly, hydrofoil catamaran owned by Dan Salas, Harbor Breeze Cruises in Long Beach. The Triumphant was built in Bellingham, Washington and arrived at its home port in Rainbow Harbor in July.
In the lineup was the Tole Mour, a 156-foot, three-masted topsail schooner owned by Guided Discoveries in Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach, LAMI’s Irving Johnson and the Magic Dragon, a CT51 owned by Captain Morgan Griffin, equipped with 25 cannons and all the trappings of a pirate ship. The trio fired on the judging stations, engaged in a mock gun battle with each other then took on the IOWA, much to the delight of spectators throughout the harbor. Winner of the Perpetual Trophy in 2013 was the Long Beach Singles Yacht Club.
Gabriela Medina, Harbor City and Wilmington Field Deputy for 15th District Councilman Joe Buscaino presided as Grand Marshal aboard the M/V Triumphant in the December 6, 2014 parade, themed ‘Holiday Treasures.’ As the parade reached the newly completed Downtown Harbor in San Pedro, Councilman Busciano kicked off the festivities there at the Port-sponsored ‘Holidays by the Sea’ event that drew about 2500 spectators.
The parade included 30 official entries representing five yacht clubs and ten marinas, at least 10 unofficial entries, 5 lead vessels, 2 dinner cruises and Port Police and US Coast Guard Auxiliary assist vessels. The Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club took the Perpetual Trophy for the most entries.
The 53rd annual LA Harbor Holiday Afloat, held on December 5, 2015, was a great success! Grand Marshal, Kelli Bernard, LA Deputy Mayor of Economic Development aboard the Irving Johnson and Commodore of the Fleet, Councilman Joe Busciano aboard the Kristina headed up the parade of 6 lead vessels, 33 official entries representing 7 yacht clubs and 11 marinas, 2 dinner cruises, and about 35 unofficial entries.
While a number of boaters had fun with the ‘Santa’s Minions’ theme, these little rascals interfered with the planning efforts right up until the start of the parade.
Prior to the start of the parade an estimated 800 spectators enjoyed a Holiday Boutique at Banning’s Landing in Wilmington. In San Pedro, the Port-sponsored event, ‘Holidays by the Sea’ drew about 2500 spectators who enjoyed the festivities and a movie there. Thousands of others lined the waterfront at Ports O’ Call Village, aboard the Battleship IOWA and Lane Victory, at waterfront restaurants, marinas and yacht clubs and aboard boats moored along the parade route.
Judges at 5 judging stations along the parade route included members, family and friends of the Wilmington Lions and Rotary Clubs, YMCA, I Heart Wilmington, United Wilmington Youth Foundation, boaters at Cabrillo Way Marina and children from the Port of LA Boys & Girls Club aboard the IOWA.
Eighty people attended the Skippers’ Breakfast and Awards Presentation on Sunday, December 6th held at the Los Angeles Yacht Club where 23 awards were presented to skippers whose boats were deemed to best represent the holiday spirit by the judges.
The LA Harbor Holiday Afloat marks the beginning of the Holiday Season for San Pedro Bay boaters, the surrounding communities of Wilmington, San Pedro and communities of the South Bay. Sponsored by Port of Los Angeles and local yacht clubs, the parade draws 1000’s of spectators to the LA waterfront on the first Saturday of December.
As the 54th Annual L.A. Harbor Holiday Afloat parade draws nears, the planning committee is pleased to announce that details have been finalized, the parade permit filed and parade banners and posters will be hung throughout the harbor area on the first weekend of November.
This year’s theme is ‘Hollywood at the Harbor.’ The parade of brightly lighted and decorated boats will be held on Saturday, December 3rd beginning at 6PM in the Port of LA’s East Basin and ending approximately 8:30PM in the Cabrillo Marinas in the Port’s outer harbor. A Port Police boat will head the lineup that includes Grand Marshal, ‘Rosewood’ co-star Jaina Lee Ortiz, the tall ships Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, LAFD fireboat, other harbor working vessels, the parade’s banner boat and approximately 60 decorated recreational boats.
Officially entered, decorated boats will be judged in a number of categories by panels of judges at three locations along the parade route, including Banning’s Landing, the Battleship IOWA that will host children from the Boys & Girls Club who will select the winner of the Children’s Choice Award, and Cabrillo Marinas in the Outer Harbor. Skippers wishing to compete for an award can fill out the application on this website, at a skippers’ meeting, or send a completed application by mail or fax. Entry forms will be available at all marinas and yacht clubs in the Port of LA during the month of November.
Non-judged, decorated boats are welcome to join the parade, however it is highly recommended that skippers who plan to participate attend the skippers’ meeting at the Plaza at Cabrillo Marina community center on Wednesday, November 30, 6:30-8:30PM for current parade route information and instructions from the Port Police.
Skippers should slow their speed while passing Banning’s Landing and California Yacht Marina – Cabrillo Marina to give our cameramen and narrators sufficient time to film the parade and to provide information about their entry to the viewing audience.
Winning entries will be announced and awards presented at the Skippers’ Breakfast and Awards Presentation on Sunday, December 4th at 10AM at the Los Angeles Yacht Club, 285 Whalers Walk in San Pedro.
The annual LA Harbor Holiday Afloat parade is also a fundraiser and toy drive. All toys and proceeds go to harbor area youth organizations and nonprofits for their holiday events. Whether you participate in the parade or not, please consider making an online or by-mail donation or drop off toys at the Skippers’ Breakfast, California Yacht Marina – Cabrillo Marina, or Pacific Yacht Landing, Berth 203, Wilmington. Toys and funds will be distributed during the second week of December.
A number of holiday events are being planned for the first weekend in December by various organizations and the Port of Los Angeles, in addition to the 54th Annual Harbor Holiday Afloat parade, to be held on Saturday, Dec. 3rd, starting at 6:00 PM. Most events are FREE of charge, food and gift items are available to purchase.
Friday, December 2nd: 11:30AM – 1:30PM, Victorian Christmas Luncheon in the Stagecoach Barn, Banning Museum, 401 East ‘M’ Street, Wilmington. Elegant plated lunch, holiday entertainment and special sneak preview of Victorian-decorated Museum. Call (310) 548-2005 for tickets and reservations.
Saturday, December 3rd: 11AM – 2PM, Wilmington Winter Wonderland, snow, face painting, games, holiday crafts and Radio Disney at the Wilmington Waterfront Park, ‘C’ Street and Neptune Ave. in Wilmington
Saturday, December 3rd: 4PM – 6PM, Holiday Boutique, entertainment, music, food, games and other festivities at Banning’s Landing, 100 Water Street (end of Avalon Blvd) in Wilmington
Saturday, December 3rd: Starting at 5:30, Battleship IOWA, carolers, ‘Kids Corner,’ complimentary hot cocoa, coffee, cookies, food trucks & Santa Claus. View the boat parade from the deck. For tickets: https://tickets.labattleship.com/mainstore. For more information contact: email@example.com
Saturday, December 3rd: 7PM, KJAZZ 88.1 FM PRESENTS WAGMAN’S GOLD & SILVER CELEBRATION at the Warner Grand, 478 W. 6th St, San Pedro. KJazz 88.1FM presents a concert celebrating the career of host of Nothin’ But The Blues, Gary “The Wagman” Wagner. Headlining this special evening is Guitarist, Walter Trout of Canned Heat and John Mayall fame. Also in the line up is Janiva Magness, winner of the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award, Coco Montoya and Alistair Greene. Tickets and info: gspo.com or Box office: (310) 548-7466
Saturday, December 3rd: 8PM, WOODIE AND THE LONGBOARDS at the Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St, San Pedro. Named America’s #1 Beach Boy Tribute Band, Woodie and the Longboards began performing music from the 60s and 70s in 2002 and haven’t looked back; join us for night packed with Good, Good, Good Vibrations! Reservations and Tickets: (310) 833-4813
Saturday & Sunday, December 3rd & 4th: 11AM – 4PM, ‘Victorian Christmas’ at the Banning Museum, 401 East ‘M’ Street, Wilmington and ‘A Civil War Christmas’ at the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum, 1052 N. Banning Blvd, Wilmington. Events include self-guided museum tours, children’s crafts, a visit from Queen Victoria and jolly St. Nick, blacksmith demonstrations, wreath making lecture, local food and craft vendors, and a horse-drawn trolley ride between the museums. FREE Admission and carriage rides
Sunday, December 4th: 1PM – 3PM, Holiday Spirit of San Pedro Parade, Pacific Ave from 13th St to 6th St and east on 6th St to Palos Verdes St.
Sunday, December 11th: 12 noon – 2PM, Wilmington Heart of the Harbor Holiday Parade, Avalon Blvd between ‘E’ Street and ‘M’ Street in Wilmington.
If your club, marina, business or organization is planning an activity, we’d like to know about it, so we can add your event to this list. Please submit your information to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add it to the schedule, along with a link to your website.
We are pleased to announce that the Battleship Iowa will again host the Children’s Choice judging station.
Built in 1940, the USS IOWA served our country for over 50 years, in WWII, and the Korean Conflict. Known as “the Battleship of Presidents”, no other battleship in our nation’s history has been host to more U.S. Presidents than the IOWA.
Now serving in her new mission as a floating Naval Museum, the IOWA has been designated as a Judging Station (see Parade Route) for the parade, hosting a contingent of school children that choose the recipients of the Children’s Choice Trophy.
We are pleased to welcome the Battleship IOWA and the Pacific Battleship Center as participants & supporters of our annual on-the-water event.