Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Boater Registration Open for POLA Holiday Parade

By Mark Edward Nero

Boaters are now eligible to register for the 52nd Annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade, taking place at 6 pm Sat., Dec. 6, in the Port of Los Angeles Main Channel.

Officials and community leaders will take part in the parade as judges or passengers on about 60 parade boats. Vessels of all shapes and sizes are eligible to participate, including powerboats, sailboats, tall ships and harbor working craft.

The vessel entry fee for the parade is $30, which includes one admission to the parade awards brunch on Sun., Dec. 7 at the Los Angeles Yacht Club in San Pedro. Awards brunch tickets are also available for $20 online or $25 at the door. Trophies will be awarded in the categories of Theme, Traditional, Humorous, Holiday Spirit, Best Animation, Commercial, Most Original, Children’s Choice, Judge’s Choice and Grand Marshal’s Award.

Yacht Clubs will vie for the Perpetual Trophy, awarded to the club with the most entries.

The deadline for boater registration is Wed., Dec. 3; registration can be performed online at laharborholidayafloat.org.

The Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade, which is sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles, starts in the East Basin near Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington and takes about 90 minutes to cover the entire parade route through the Los Angeles Main Channel.

For more information regarding the parade, sponsorship, or awards brunch tickets, visit laharborholidayafloat.org or contact Donna Ethington at (310) 549-8111.