5th Annual Lake Lanier Parade of Lights
Registration for participants is open for the UYC Maritime Foundation Boat Parade of Lights, set for Lake Lanier on Saturday, December 4. This year’s event will include “A Taste of the Lake” and activities for every age at Aqualand Marina. Phil Niekro and Bruce Erion will be masters of ceremonies.
“This year we’ve decided to pull out the stops for a big celebration,” said Pam Eastman, one of the parade/event organizers. “We anticipate close to 70 boats, from pontoon boats, cruisers, houseboats to sailboats, and we’ll have a spectacular show on the water.”
Registration is available at www.LanierParadeofLights.org and costs $25 per boat. Registration includes participation in the boat parade, one Taste of the Lake ticket, a T-shirt and a Lake Lanier Chart Book.
The day’s events begin with a noon skipper’s meeting at Aqualand Marina off Lights Ferry Road in Flowery Branch to go over safety guidelines and the parade route. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. with free public viewing from Old Federal Park off Old Federal Road and at Van Pugh off Gaines Ferry.
The festivities will begin at Aqualand Marina around 6 p.m. with Santa, food, music, marshmallow roast, merchants, cars & boats on display, along with games for children and auctions for adults. The Taste of the Lake will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. with area restaurants offering samples of their cuisine. Admission to the “Taste of the Lake” party is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Children aged 10 and under are admitted free. Donations benefit the UYC Maritime Foundation to sponsor scholarships for collegiate academics. The awards ceremony will follow at 9 p.m.
For more information, visit www.LanierParadeofLights.org. Flyers will be available at local participating marinas, restaurants and merchants.