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Lighted Boat Parade Returns to Napa River: Photos

Another Napa Valley tradition made its holiday appearance Saturday night: the lighted boat parade on the Napa River. Do you have photos, too? Share them here.

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V_Therese December 10, 2012 at 07:28 AM
If they went to all of that work putting on those lights, certainly they are still on there for the rest of the holiday season? Maybe they can do an encore parade? The river is there every night!
Louisa Hufstader December 10, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I got to ride along on one of the boatsmany years ago, when I was with KVON. Audio only, alas! But somewhere I think I still have a recording of the sound of traffic passing over the old Maxwell Bridge grid deck, as we yachted along underneath it. One thing I discovered is that it's no small job lining up that many boats, even under power, in parade formation on a river of limited width and variable depths.
Mary Richardson December 10, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Roger that, Louisa!
Louisa Hufstader December 14, 2012 at 02:49 AM
I just checked out my radio story about the 2004 boat parade. There were three times as many boats that year! Can you imagine 27 lighted boats on the river? Anyway, the folks at the NV Yacht Club say they'll be sure to loop us in next year but just to be on the safe side, make a note on your 2013 planner: My source says the parade is "usually the first weekend where tides are favorable. The boats leave from our dock at 100 Riverside Drive and tour the neighborhoods of River Park and the Napa Yacht Club. The water downtown is too shallow for boats to go upriver like we used to." Anyone who wants to hear that radio story can email me at louisa.hufstader@patch.com and I will send the audio file - it is less than 7MB.
Louisa Hufstader December 14, 2012 at 02:51 AM
First DECEMBER weekend.

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