Deck the Hauls: Annapolis Parade of Lights

Deck the Hauls: Annapolis Parade of Lights
This past weekend boat owners and their faithful crew braved the cold, wet conditions and celebrated the holiday season by decorating their boats for the Parade of Lights held here in the Annapolis Harbor. Every year around 70 power and sailboats transform the Annapolis harbor into a colorful light display in hopes of winning the best decorated boat of the year.

At exactly 6:30pm all the boats participating in the show whether docked or cruising in the harbor turned their lights on. I was able to take part in the holiday chill and hopped on board a Beneteau accompanied by 8 santas and 3 sugar plum fairies. We decked the haul full of lights and ribbon. Our beneteau boasted a giant green Christmas tree that hung from the top of the mast.

Many boats were out that night to celebrate Christmas and some of the more recognizable boats depicted a mermaid, a beating heart and a lighthouse. It was a fun-filled evening with a lot of Christmas cheer and fun characters who all shared red faces from being out in the cold. Thankfully, we had a heater running in the cockpit and hot soup on the stove.

To finish the night off there was a spectacular display of fireworks over the harbor. The downpour of rain actually intensified the display by reflecting the fireworks off the rain making it the perfect ending to a light parade.

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