NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Newport Harbor promises to once again light up the night with the 112th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. In 2020, the theme is “Bringing the Holiday Magic and Joy to Your Home.”
The Newport Beach Boat Parade will run from Dec. 16 through Dec. 20, 2020.
“For the first time ever, the parade will be streamed to viewers, giving the world a front-row seat to the annual Southern California spectacular. The virtual viewing experience will take place on multiple platforms, including the web, social media, and the city’s local broadcast channel NBTV and will run all five parade nights.
The show will include the parade’s entirety, the Ring of Lights home competition, entertaining interviews with participants, and spotlights on the Grand Marshal frontline heroes and local charities.
According to Larry Smith, Boat Parade Co-Chair and Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Commodores Club member, this year has been challenging, at best.
“We hope that the Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights will provide holiday joy to people around the world during this difficult time,” Smith says.
The brightest lights in the parade are this year’s line-up of Grand Marshal frontline heroes and representatives from local charities who make a difference in our lives every day.
The parade will have one frontline hero Grand Marshal every evening on the lead boat, who was nominated for their extraordinary acts of service during this time. Joining each Grand Marshal will also represent a local charity to draw awareness to important causes that impact our local community.
A full list, along with the show’s program, will be shared later in November.
Steve Rosansky, President and CEO of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce spoke on the parade of lights.
“Ending the year celebrating our frontline heroes and community with lights aglow in the backdrop represent brighter days ahead for us all,” Gary Sherwin, President and CEO of Newport Beach & Company, the destination marketing organization for Newport Beach. “The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is our ‘Christmas Card to the World’ and this year, we are elated to continue our community’s signature tradition, offering the experience in an exciting, new way,” Rosansky said. “On behalf of our parade participants and volunteers, we are all looking forward to sharing holiday magic through the airwaves.”
Due to the need to exercise extra caution this year, some events surrounding the parade will be eliminated, including the regularly scheduled opening and closing night fireworks and the annual opening night public viewing event held at Marina Park.
There also will be an abundance of safety signage and potentially restricted viewing in some areas in Newport Harbor to avoid overcrowding. The parade organizers also plan to work with boaters, homeowners, and harbor front businesses through recommendations and messaging to prepare for a safe experience both on the water and on the shore.
Newport Beach is Southern California’s holiday headquarters. To ensure a safe visit, please follow Orange County and State guidelines by physically distancing, wearing a mask, and regularly washing your hands.
For more information and to stay updated on the 112th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, please visit: www.ChristmasBoatParade.com
This article originally appeared on the Newport Beach-Corona Del Mar Patch