The Friday after Thanksgiving is the official kickoff to the holiday season. But in Huntington, the day has been dubbed "Blue Friday," thanks to the Huntington Lighthouse Boat Parade, an annual event that draws landlubbers to the shores of Huntington Harbor.
This maritime visual extravaganza will take place this year on the Friday after Thanksgiving! It is a fundraiser for the Huntington Lighthouse, a familiar and treasured landmark whose beacon has guided boats into Huntington Harbor for the past century.
Holiday boat parades are a time-honored tradition in communities across the country. In 2010, HLPS President Pamela Setchell decided it was time for Huntington to have its own, as a gift to the community, particularly since there are many area residents who don't have the opportunity to get on a boat and on the water for the annual Music Fest on Labor Day weekend. The parade is a great way to "bring the light to the shore" while raising public awareness about the ongoing preservation efforts at the Lighthouse.
To participate in the parade, boats pay a $50 registration fee. They then get busy decorating their vessels for prizes in ten categories: Best in Show, Best Sailboat, Best Powerboat, Best Corporate Boat, Best Club Boat, Most Creative, Most Elegant, Most Outrageous, Fleets Favorite, and Best Music and Animation.
Residents and businesses along the harbor are invited to join the boat parade festivities by registering, ($50.00 registration fee) decorating and compete for new "landlubber" prize categories.
VIEWING THE PARADE:
There are many areas along the harbor to view the parade. Visit www.huntingtonboatparade.com for detailed Viewing information. In the past, local businesses and residents have hosted viewing parties as a way of fundraising for the Lighthouse. (Visit this site for more information as it becomes available.)
To register, click on the links below or for additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 631-421-1985.