LA Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade Celebrates 56th Year on December 1

SAN PEDRO, Calif. —  The 56th Annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade with the theme ‘Holiday Magic’ will take place on Saturday, December 1st, starting at 6 p.m. in the Port of Los Angeles Main Channel. David Arian, Vice President of the Port of LA Harbor Commissioners 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
· San Pedro Fish Market and waterfront, 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

Register your boat at one of the two skippers’ meetings to compete for a trophy. Vessel entry fee for the parade is only $35, which includes one admission to the Parade Awards Brunch on Sunday, December 2nd, at the Plaza at Cabrillo. Advance tickets for the Awards Brunch are $25 or $30 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 28th. For parade, boat entry, and sponsorship information, or to purchase Awards Brunch tickets, visit, or call Donna Ethington at (310) 549-8111 or Henry Rivas at (323) 487-2101 or email

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.