The 42nd annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade will light up the Marina from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 11th. 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 Holiday Boat Parade has been scheduled for Friday, December 10th, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The parade theme for 2004 is “Sights and Sounds of the Holidays.”

The grand marshal for this year’s parade will be former pro basketball player and coach Bill Sharman, accompanied by the Los Angeles Laker girls aboard the vessel Chelsea II.

Boat owners will compete for numerous prize packages, with the “Best Overall” winning a two-night trip for two to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the Winterfest Boat Parade, touted as the “World’s Most Watched Boat Parade.”

Best spots for viewing the boat parades are Burton Chace Park, 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 11th, 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 Web site 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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