SAN PEDRO, Calif. — November 13, 2013 — More than 60 vessels of all shapes and sizes will participate in the 51st Annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade on Saturday, December 7, starting at 6 p.m. in the Port of Los Angeles Main Channel. California State Senator Roderick D. Wright (35th District – South Los Angeles) will preside as Grand Marshal for this year’s spectacular display of boats that will celebrate the nation’s largest international trade gateway with the theme of “Holidays Around the World.”

Officials and community leaders will take part in the parade as judges or passengers on approximately 60 parade boats. Vessels of all shapes and sizes will participate, 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 up the Port of 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
· Battleship IOWA, 250 S. Harbor Blvd, San Pedro
· Ports O’ Call Village, 1100 Nagoya Way, San Pedro
· Cruise Ship Promenade, Harbor Boulevard and Swinford Street, San Pedro
· 22nd Street Landing, 141 W. 22nd Street, San Pedro
· SS Lane Victory, Berth 46 at the end of Miner Street, San Pedro
· Cabrillo Marina, 200 Whaler’s Walk, San Pedro

Viewers are invited to enjoy festive pre-parade events beginning at 4 p.m. at Banning’s Landing Community Center and a post-parade Fanfare Fountain holiday program at 8 p.m. at the entrance to the World Cruise Center in San Pedro. Home viewers may also watch the parade on Los Angeles CityView Channel 35. For air times, visit www.lacityview.org.

There is still time to register boats for the parade. Vessel entry fee for the parade is only $30, which includes one admission to the Parade Awards Brunch on Sunday, December 8, at the DoubleTree Hotel. Advance tickets for the Awards Brunch are $20 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 Grand Marshal’s Award. Yacht clubs will be vying for the coveted Perpetual Trophy, awarded to the club with the most entries.

Deadline for boat entries is Tuesday, Dec 3. 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.