The 43rd annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade will light up the Marina from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 10th. The Saturday parade will commence with a fireworks display at 5:55 p.m. off the Marina breakwater as brilliantly lit and decorated vessels circle the Main Channel. A preview Boat Parade has been scheduled for Friday, December 9 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The parade theme for the 2005 Holiday Boat Parade is “Star Light, Star Bright.”

Grand Marshal for this year’s parade will be Maestro Frank Fetta, conductor of the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony, accompanied by the Belle Air Brass band aboard the vessel Chelsea II.

Boat owners will compete for numerous prize packages with the “Best Overall” winning a trip for two to Tokyo Bay, Japan, with airfare provided by All Nippon Airways and a stay at the five-star Hotel Nikko to judge the Illuminated Boat Parade & Contest of Tokyo Bay.

Best spots for viewing the boat parades are Burton Chace Park, located at 13650 Mindanao Way, and Fisherman’s Village, at 13755 Fiji Way, where spectators can see and hear the parades free of charge.

Free parking is available at Los Angeles County public parking lots throughout Marina del Rey. Boaters coming to Marina del Rey Saturday, December 10th, will be able to launch their vessel free at the public launch ramp at Basin H, 13477 Fiji Way. Boat launch fees for the day are being waived, according to Los Angeles County Fourth District Supervisor Don Knabe.

Parade entry forms are available on the boat parade website at www.mdrboatparade.org; the Marina del Rey Visitors Information Center, 4701 Admiralty Way; and Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way.

Boat Parade organizers will be accepting entries up to the last moment, according to Cindy Williams, Holiday Boat Parade president.

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