Planning Committee announces 2016 parade details

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.