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Boat Parade to Light up Charlotte Amalie Waterfront for the Holidays

Deck your boat with boughs of holly! Or, colorful lights,
inflatable Santa’s, plastic reindeer, Christmas trees or anything else that
inspires a festive holiday mood. Then, show off your decorations and
merry-making spirit by taking part in the 5th Annual Lighted Boat
Parade in St. Thomas’ Charlotte Amalie harbor, set for 6:30 pm on Friday
December 10. Entries in past years have included everything from 16-foot
pontoon dinghy to a 65-foot sailboat, power yachts and even U.S. Coast Guard
craft.

“The boats will travel along the waterfront to the West
Indian Company cruise ship dock, then loop back down staying as close to the
waterfront apron as possible. Spectators are able to hear the folks onboard
singing Christmas carols,” said Susan Chandler, a board of director for the
sponsoring St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce and former executive
director of the Virgin Islands Charteryacht League (VICL).

Chandler is this year’s co-organizer along with Pamela
Wilson from the VICL and Parker Stockdale from Captain Nautica. The event is a
kick-off for the Chamber’s “Miracle on Main Street” celebration that features
evening long shopping, dining and entertainment.

For those who would like to enter, the good news is that
there is no entry fee. “To register, the boats can call the Chamber of Commerce
(340-776-0100) or the VICL (340-774-3944). I will have registration forms
available there. If they have any questions regarding participation they can
e-mail me at: Susan@4sea2be.com,”
Chandler said.

Boats will be judged on originality and the creative use of decorations and
lighting. Scores ranging from 1 to 5 will be given for each of the following
categories: Holiday Lighting, Amount of Lighting, Creative use of Lighting,
Difficulty of Lighting (for example, small boat with incredible lighting
effects), Special effects, Use of Ornamentation other than Lighting
Originality.

Prize categories include: Most Traditional, Most Lights and
Most Creative. “We even have a prize for the boat that traveled from the
farthest distance to enter the parade,” Chandler said.

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