Photos by VenicePaparazzi.com
“Kids Make Holidays Bright” was the theme of last Saturday’s 57th annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, with the young and young at heart making the evening merry and bright.
Under a clear evening sky, school-aged children riding the grand marshal yacht sang “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to get the parade going on a high note. Back on shore, kids took turns singing festive holiday tunes with the announcers at Burton Chace Park.
Boaters riffed on the theme with homages to holiday children’s classics including Morning Dew as the “Islander of Misfit Toys” and the Pacific Mariners Yacht Club staging a nautical version of “The Polar Express,” with the Pau Hanna as the engine towing five themed dinghy train compartments. Ellis Island II hosted a costumed “Slumber Party,” and the Women’s Sailing Association of Santa Monica Bay threw a pajama party aboard Harmony.
This year’s parade featured 60 official entries, including 24 first-time participants.
— Christina Campodonico
Best Overall: Pau Hanna, Pacific Mariners Yacht Club / Tom Norris
Best Power: Love the Journey, Rick &Julie Kulis
Best Sail: Ellis Island II, Peter Ellis & Colin Kastne
Best Yacht Club: El Patron, Marina Yacht Club
Best Individual: Weekend Hooker, Bruce & Nik Taguchi
Best Organization: Harmony, Women’s Sailing Association of Santa Monica Bay
Best Charter: Tiki Too, Tiki Mermaid Exotic Yacht Charters
1st Place, Theme: Morning Dew, David & Renee Raymond
2nd Place, Theme: Jambo, Jamie Gull
1st Place, Music: Reyna Del Mar, Manny & Angie Reyna
2nd Place, Music: Boundless, Susan Lord
1st Place, Spirit: Seahorse, Robert Knox
2nd Place, Spirit: Katrina, Dennis Decoste
1st Place, Band: Phish Tales, John S. Reese
2nd Place, Band: Lolita, Patrick Dwyer
1st Place, Lights: Francesca, Christina Amoroso
2nd Place, Lights: Eliza, Gregg Beytin
1st Place, Animation: Trinity, Perry Karidis
2nd Place, Animation: Primal, Ron Rosegard
Karen Greenberg, organizer of the South Bay Sunrise Rotary Club Beer & Wine Festival; Jane Gross, senior VP of on-air promotions for Crown Media Family Network (including the Hallmark Channel); Alison Hurst, founder and executive director of Safe Place for Youth; Elvin Moon, a construction management entrepreneur who serves on the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission; Pat Reynolds, editor and publisher of boating magazine The Mariner; and Valeria C. Velasco, an estate planning attorney and Westchester Rotary Club member who serves on the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners.