Boat owners who have entered their boats in past Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parades can avoid this year’s $25 boat parade entry fee if the boat owners can persuade a “first-timer” to enter the Marina boat parade, scheduled for Saturday, December 11th.

Boat parade officials are offering a two-for-one entry fee structure this year for repeat entrants and first-time entries.

Under the plan, past boat parade entrants will have their $25 entry fee waived if they get a boat owner who has never participated in the boat parade to enter the event. The first-time entry boat would pay the regular $25 entry fee.

The offer is available to the first 100 private entries, says boat parade chair Cindy Williams.

“We hope this two-for-one special will encourage boaters to enter with their friends who haven’t participated in the parade before,” Williams said.

“Every year people come from all over the Southland to view this awesome parade of lights,” she said. “This year’s event should be more spectacular than ever.”

The 42nd annual Holiday Boat Parade is scheduled between 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday, December 11th, in the Marina main channel.

The theme for this year’s boat parade is “Sights and Sounds of the Holidays.”

Parade boats will be able to compete for numerous prize packages.

The entry fees for organizations and yacht clubs is $50. Boats entered by commercial, charter, corporate and company entities will pay $2 a foot for the overall length of the vessel.

Boat parade entry fees are available on the boat parade Web site at www.mdrboatparade.org

Information, (310) 670-7130.

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