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Parade of Boats update

Update: 12/6/18

This weekend’s weather forecast has forced organizers for the Parade of Boats to make changes. The parade is now considered “optional.” 
 
“If they want to come by boat that’s fine,” said Barkley Geib of Lanier Partners. Parade entrants with lanyards can use them as gate passes to the Islands on Saturday. 
 
Parade entrants choosing to come by car will receive discounts at the gate. Spectators who want to view the boats can receive a discount if they provide an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.
 
Geib said Landshark restaurant will be open with a full menu and bar. “We will have fireworks to cap off the evening if the weather cooperates,” he said. 
 
And the grand prize of a Yamaha Wave Runner will be announced that evening as well on Facebook live. For more details call Gieb at 404 583-7025.



Parade of Boats fast approaching: register now

By Pamela A. Keene
 
In the true spirit of the holidays, this year’s Parade of Boats will sparkle from start to finish. Houseboats, cruisers and sailboats – all decked out in twinkling lights, Christmas trees and holiday finery – will make their way across Lake Lanier to Margaritaville at Lanier Islands on Saturday, December 8. Fireworks will cap off the evening over the snow-covered License to Chill Snow Island. 
Parade sponsors are also awarding a new Yamaha Wave Runner through a ticketed giveaway. The Yamaha giveaway is made possible by Yamaha and Park Marine. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased online at the event’s website.
 
Spectators coming through the gates at Lanier Island will receive discounted admission to the islands when they bring a new unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots. The event also raises funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier and the Hall County Sheriffs Youth Home.
 
“It’s going to be a great event,” said Barkley Geib, president of Lanier Partners, which sponsors the event to raise money and toys for children’s’ charities in North Georgia. “With all the activities at License to Chill Snow Island and the big fireworks show, it will be a fun evening to say the least.”
 
Spectators can view the decorated boats as they approach the docks at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands. Once the boats park in their slips or moorings, visitors can walk the docks to see the boats up close and chat with the crews.
 
Boat owners will gather in front of their home marinas (or at the marina of their choice for people with private docks) to be judged. Then they will be marshalled across the lake to Margaritaville for final judging of the top marina winners.
 
Prizes will be awarded for the Best Decorated Boat, and a grand prize winner will be selected. The awards ceremony will take place at Paradise Cantina. 
 
Each registrant receives two long-sleeved event T-shirts, and can take a bus tour of this year’s Magical Nights of Lights. Additional T-shirts and giveaway tickets can be purchased at the website.
 
For details and registration, visit www.lakelanierparadeofboats.com.

Posted online 11/30/18
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