The month of December officially began in Lake Havasu City as the 35th Annual Boat Parade of Lights kicked off Friday night and will take place again tonight.
Entries in the parade lit the way as several creative and innovative boats made their debut while some regular favorites made their return.
The annual event is an awaited heralding of the holiday season and guard rails along the Bridgewater Channel were packed with spectators spanning from one end to the other. The London Bridge itself provided a perfect perch to view the parade passing below.
Presented annually by the London Bridge Yacht Club, the parade featured 52 aquatic crafts of various different classes including corporate, individual/family, service and charity class boats.
There are 11 corporate entries including Havasu Landing, Slide Anchor, River Medical Inc., Southwest Kayaks, The Nautical Beachfront Resort, Sunset Charter and Tours, Chilly Willy Seith, Lake Havasu State Park, Cattail Cove State Park, and The Boat Brokers/ Santa and His Sleigh.
The service class of boats included six different names such as London Bridge Yacht Club, ASU Lake Havasu, Anglers United, Lake Havasu Yacht Club, Lake Havasu Divers Association and Lake Havasu Sea Scouts. The London Bridge Yacht Club featured a beautiful illumination along the side that resembles the London Bridge.
Other creative crafts included the Denise’s Day Crew boat that represents a nonprofit organization that helps victims of cancer. The boat is decorated with lights in the perfect blend of violet and pink.
Other watercraft entered in the individual/family class included one of the more entertaining boats from this class from A.J. Camou, which featured a bright but simple strand of colorful lights looping the outer frame of the boat, along with an inflatable Snoopy in an airplane on the end of it.
The others involved in the parade in the individual/family class were John & Bonnie View, Ken & Marilyn Young, Richard Marshall, Greg & Debra Arbogast, Mike Claytor, Grady Dees, Team Thompson, River Scene Magazine, Stephen MacLeod, Lewis Burke, Steve Patnode, James Rich, Rick Riegler, Scott Campbell, Don McPerson, Gina Flores (who had all the kayaks involved), and Dale Berke who was responsible for all jet skis and personal watercraft.
The parade is set to start again at 6:30 p.m., Saturday.