Preview: The 67th Annual Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade

Posted: December 19, 2013 in Events, Long Beach
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The 67th Annual Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade returns to the canals of Naples Island in Long Beach this Saturday evening. Completely free to attend for all ages, this annual holiday boat parade attracts thousands to this small community to not only witness the spectacular Christmas lights aboard all the boats, but to stroll along the canals of Naples Island to gaze upon all of the holiday decorations of the citizens of Naples Island. Immediate streets along the parade route begin closing to vehicular traffic at 5pm. Guests commuting from out of town should strive to park off of Naples Island, as parking will get tight into the evening. Some viable parking spots include the farmer’s market parking lot on E Marina Dr off 2nd St, or anywhere in the Belmont Shore area. Remember to dress warmly, as this area gets very cold at night!

Large boats start at 6pm and sail entirely south of 2nd Street, moving counter-clockwise and starting right before the bend of Lido Lane. Click here for a map of the large boat parade route. Small boats start at 6:45pm and begin at Marine Stadium before following a route similar to the large boat, but also passing through the inner canals of Naples Island. Click here for a map of the small boat parade route. By overlapping the two maps, we see a few spots to stand where spectators can catch both parades without moving: along the outer edge of the island reached by crossing Neapolitan Lane, along Lido Lane, and at the Long Beach Yacht Club, where both parade routes end. Keep in mind that these spots will see the most amount of spectators, so arrive early to get a good spot. Alternatively, head to E Ocean Blvd across the way, accessed by heading towards Belmont Shore, turning left onto Bay Shore Avenue, then continuing past Horny Corner. This spot yields a great view of the large boats, but anyone wanting to take pictures of the small boats from this location will require a camera with superb zoom capabilities.

After the parades have concluded, remember to take a stroll through the inner canals of Naples Islands to check out all the holiday decorations. This area infamously exhibits some of the most glamorous decorations in all of Southern California, and also includes strolling carolers and occasional children selling hot chocolate. Bring out your friends and family, and enjoy a night together with some fun holiday sightseeing this Saturday evening.

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