LOS ANGELES HARBOR HOLIDAY AFLOAT PARADE
CELEBRATES 52ND YEAR ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6
SAN PEDRO, Calif. — November 12, 2014 — More than 60 vessels of all shapes and sizes will participate in the 52nd Annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade on Saturday, December 6, starting at 6 p.m. in the Los Angeles Main Channel.
Gabriela Medina, Wilmington and Harbor City Field Deputy for 15th District Councilman Joe Buscaino, will preside as Grand Marshal for this year’s spectacular display of boats that will celebrate the nation’s busiest international trade gateway with the theme of “Holiday Treasures.”
Officials and community leaders will take part in the parade as judges or passengers aboard more than 60 vessels, including powerboats, sailboats, tall ships, and harbor working craft.
Sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles, the parade starts in the East Basin near Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington and takes approximately 90 minutes to cover the entire parade route through the Los Angeles Main Channel. Spectators may view the procession from several points along the Main Channel, including:
- Banning’s Landing Community Center, 100 E. Water Street, Wilmington
- Cruise Ship Promenade, Harbor Boulevard and Swinford Street, San Pedro
- Battleship IOWA parking lot, 250 S. Harbor Blvd, San Pedro
- Ports O’ Call Village, 1100 Nagoya Way, San Pedro
- Downtown Harbor & Town Square, 504 S. Harbor Blvd, San Pedro
- 22nd Street Landing, 141 W. 22nd Street, San Pedro
- Cabrillo Marina, 200 Whalers Walk, San Pedro
- Holiday Harbor Marina, 241 Watchorn Walk, San Pedro
- SS Lane Victory, Berth 46 at the end of Miner Street, San Pedro
Viewers are invited to enjoy festive pre-parade activities at Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington at 4 p.m., and Downtown Harbor and Town Square in San Pedro at 5 p.m. Home viewers may also watch the parade on Los Angeles CityView Channel 35. For air times, visit www.lacityview.org.
Deadline for boat entries is December 4. Vessel entry fee for the parade is only $30, which includes one admission to the Parade Awards Brunch on Sunday, December 7, at the Los Angeles Yacht Club. Advance tickets for the awards brunch are available for $20 online or $25 at the door. Trophies will be awarded in the following categories: Theme, Traditional, Humorous, Holiday Spirit, Best Animation, Commercial, Most Original, Children’s Choice, Judge’s Choice, and the Grand Marshal’s Award. Yacht clubs will be vying for the coveted Perpetual Trophy, awarded to the club with the most entries.
For parade, boat entry, and sponsorship information, or to purchase awards brunch tickets, visit www.laharborholidayafloat.org, or call Donna Ethington at (310) 549-8111.
The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves. As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates more than 830,000 regional jobs and $35 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port. A brighter future.