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Jul. 22, 2019
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Boat parade defies weather predictions

By Pamela A. Keene 
Several days before the Lake Lanier Parade of Boats, the weather forecast called for possible snow and generally bad weather. At the Wednesday captains’ meeting organizers announced that the parade part of the Saturday evening festivities would be canceled, but that other events would still take place at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands, including the raffle for the Yamaha WaveRunner and fireworks. 
“Even the weather didn’t stop some captains from decorating their boats and arriving by water,” said Barkley Geib, president of Lanier Partners, organizers of the annual Christmas event. “We had nine boats show up fully decorated, including two that had not even registered. It was a sign of the start of a really fun evening for all who came.” 
Geib said that all the skippers of the nine boats who showed up received customized participation plaques with their boat names on them. In all, nearly 50 boats had registered for the annual parade this year. 
Jered Joplin of Jefferson won the 2019 Yamaha WaveRunner. “I haven’t had a jet ski since I was in high school,” he said. “I’m sure my kids will have a great time on the lake with it this summer.” 
On the night of the Parade of Boats, visitors received discounted admission if they brought a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Additionally, the event raised money for children’s charities including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier and the Hall County Sheriffs Youth Home. 
“We collected lots of toys and raised money for our charities,” Geib said. “Even though the weather was not good, we had 75 to 100 people come out to enjoy the festivities.” 
Geib said that most of the captains and their crews still came to the event, arriving by car to experience the Magical Nights of Lights, dinner on their own at Landshark Landing, fireworks and Snow Island.
“We are so grateful for all the support of our sponsors and partners,” he said. “Cary Eubank of the Twisted Oar at Holiday Marina provided the food for our Captain’s meeting. And we send out a great big thanks to John Lush and everyone at Margaritaville at Lanier Island. Because of them, our event was a big success, in spite of the weather.” 
Next year’s Lake Lanier Parade of Boats will be held on Saturday, December 14. For more information, visit

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