Planning is underway for the highly anticipated Parade of Lights Boat Parade. The event is hosted by the Yacht Club and scheduled to take place on the evening of December 12. The Yacht Club invites all Canyon Lake boat owners to participate. Registration forms are posted on the Yacht Club’s website at www.canyonlakeyachtclub.com.
The parade will start at the East Port boat launch. The Yacht Club’s iconic 60-foot fire-breathing Green Dragon will lead the procession down the East Bay, through the boat tunnel, and counter-clockwise around the main lake. The boats will not be navigating through the coves this year.
Out of an abundance of caution amid the coronavirus pandemic, there will not be an award presentation at Holiday Harbor after the parade. Volunteers will be judging the boats from a dock in the East Bay, the winners will be announced the following day.
The Yacht Club boats will be escorting the parade to keep the decorated boats from wandering apart. “This will make for a better parade,” said Yacht Club Vice Commodore Ron Wilbur
Spectators can use the Green Dragon Tracker on their mobile devices to follow the progress of the Green Dragon boat on the lake.
The Yacht Club will be accepting donations for its scholarship fund during the parade. Spectators at waterfront homes can entice the boats to come closer to their homes by making a modest donation.
The Yacht Club is currently seeking parade sponsors. A new Diamond level sponsorship has been added this year. Most sponsorship levels include a wall plaque.
The Yacht Club will not be holding its live decorating workshops this year. Instead, the workshops will be posted on the club’s YouTube channel. Decorating experts will be available to answer questions.
“Our plan this year is to make this an even more special event in an unusual year, as our gift to the community,” Wilbur said. “Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve had to innovate all year to bring lots of events to members and the community that could be safely enjoyed.”
The Yacht Club has enjoyed a record-breaking year in new memberships and the number of events, half of which were new events. “The community has embraced the club and its events and we feel an obligation to our community to continue to deliver fun, quality events that help people stay safe while making lifelong friends,” Wilbur said. “Our stated goal is simply to make this the best party on the water.”
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