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Still time to register for the Holiday Boat Parade

By Pamela A. Keene
 
Be a part of a holiday tradition at Lake Lanier on December 14. That’s the date of this year’s Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. In addition to decorating and entering a boat, participants can sign up for viewing on the water from a 75-foot houseboat.
 
“Right now we’ve got about 15 boats registered, but it’s still early,” said Richard Pickering, organizer of the event, in mid-November. “Lots of people have expressed interest in participating and even more have let us know that they’ll be attending. We hope for a good crowd and realize that most people will sign up right after Thanksgiving and the first part of December.”
 
The parade is open to all types of boats, from dayboats and cruisers to sailboats and houseboats. People can also register to ride on a private houseboat from Holiday Marina for the evening to view the parade from the water. Tickets are $20 per person for the cruise. “It will be bring-your-own-bottle and food for the cruise,” he said. “Space will be limited to 70 people and you can sign up at our Facebook page.” 
 
Proceeds from the parade will benefit the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Home and the Hall County Dive and Rescue Team.
 
“We’re asking participants to line up sponsors for their entry fee,” he said. “Their donations will be given 100 percent to the charities. Our committee is paying the extra costs for to promote and run the event as our way of saying thanks to everyone who is participating.”
 
Boats will marshal at their respective marinas, with the first boats leaving the north end of the lake around 4 p.m. for the parade down the lake. Boats from other marinas will join the parade to  Margaritaville at Lanier Islands for judging and viewing at the docks between 5:30 and 6 p.m. The celebration and awards party will take place at LandShark Bar & Grill.
 
“We will have a silent auction and a 50/50 cash raffle,” Pickering said. “Food and beverages are pay-as-you-go for attendees.”
 
Prizes will be given for the best boat from each marina, the best overall boat, best crew and other categories. 
 
Registration forms and details are available on Facebook at “2019 Holiday Boat Parade at Lake Lanier.”
 
Posted online 11.25.19
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